Musical inspiration can come from anywhere. Even…a shawl?
When 37-year-old Icelandic composer Hafdís Bjarnadóttir noticed similarities between the score of Ligeti’s “Atmosphères” (a piece she was studying) and the pattern for a lacy shawl she was knitting, she was inspired to score her own piece based on the pattern.
She ended up with a composition called“Thordis’ Fichu”, which became her Master’s project. The first two parts of the score—for symphony orchestra and piano respectively—are an ethereal sound world with pauses where the knitting pattern has holes in it.
This type of “mathematical knitting” has been popular for awhile, but no one has ever done anything quite like Bjarnadóttir.
Neither the composition or the shawl are finished yet, but it’s so amazing how two art forms can be so similar.
Us knitters can find beauty in everything!