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Danse Macabre Skulls: Black

SKU: sku00077

Width: 45 inches

Content: 100% Cotton

Background: Black

Repeat: 22 H, 23 1/4 V

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The Dance of Death was a recurring subject in Medieval culture, particularly art, depicting a round dance with Death as the instigator of the festivities. Oftentimes, people from all strata of society - from nobles to peasants - were shown engaging in the dance.

In Germany the Dance of Death was known as the Totentanz, while in France it was called the Danse Macabre. In Spain these scenes were called Danzas de los muertos.

Besides paintings, textbooks were printed with short dialogues between Death and its invitees. One such textbook printed in Germany circa 1460, relates Death's call to an emperor:

Her keyser euch hilft nicht das swert
Czeptir vnd crone sint hy nicht wert
Ich habe euch bey der hand genomen
Ir must an meynen reyen komen
Emperor, your sword won’t help you out
Sceptre and crown are worthless here
I’ve taken you by the hand
For you must come to my dance

In another scene, Death receives the following response from a peasant:

Ich habe gehabt [vil arbeit gross]
Der sweis mir du[rch die haut floss]
Noch wolde ich ger[n dem tod empfliehen]
Zo habe ich des glu[cks nit hie]
I had to work very much and very hard
The sweat was running down my skin
I’d like to escape death nontheless
But here I won’t have any luck

The Danse Macabre has also served as an inspiration for subsequent generations. The 19th century composer Camille Saint-Saëns composed an orchestral piece titled Danse Macabre, complete with the orchestra mimicking the sound of rattling bones.

Franz Liszt transcribed this same piece for piano solo. In addition he composed a series of variations for solo piano and orchestra on the Gregorian plainchant melody Dies Irae, which he titled Totentaz.

Other composers that have composed Dances of Death are Benjamin Britten, Modest Mussorgsky, Dmitri Shostakovich, Arnold Schoenberg and Viktor Ullman.

The design of Danse Macabre Skulls: Black consists of large bone white skulls over a deep black background. The design also includes gray barbed-wire.

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