A 21-second sample of “Chandelier”, an electropop ballad featuring electronica, contemporary R&B and reggae influences
Finial The final flourish at the very bottom of the stem. Some Venetian glass chandeliers have little finials hanging from glass rings on the arms.
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The world’s largest English Glass chandelier,(Hancock Rixon & Dunt and probably F. & C. Osler) is located in the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul. It has 750 lamps and weighs 4.5 tons. Dolmabahçe has the largest collection of British and Baccarat crystal chandeliers in the world, and one of the great staircases has balusters of Baccarat crystal.
Chandeliers evolved from candelabra and were invented during the medieval era. They originally used candles as their source of light and remained in use until the 18th century, when gas lights, later superseded by electric lights, were invented.
I like the whole dance. It was really different and weird for me, because I usually don’t, you know, be a crazy person every time. It was so fun to do and it was really out of the box and it expanded me a lot, because I’m used to competition dances where you’re like, “Point your toes!” But this time it was like, you just need to let go and feel it.
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Credits for “Chandelier” are adapted from CD single liner notes
Crystal Glass with a chemical content that gives it special qualities of clarity, resonance and softness, making it especially suitable for cutting. For example, lead crystal.
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Early 19th-century French cut-glass and ormolu chandelier in the Green Room of the White House
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Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration. Van Nostrand Reinhold: 1998. ISBN 0-442-02532-7. Katz, Cheryl and Jeffrey. Chandeliers. Rockport Publishers: 2001. ISBN 978-1-56496-805-0. McCaffety, Kerri.
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Regency Style chandelier A larger chandelier with a multitude of drops. Above a hoop rise strings of beads that diminish in size and attach at the top to form a canopy. A bag, with concentric rings of pointed glass, forms a waterfall beneath. The stem is usually completely hidden.
The music video for “Chandelier” was released on 6 May 2014, featuring then-11-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler. In the video, Ziegler wears a medium-length blonde wig matching the one that Sia used to promote the album. Throughout the video, Ziegler performs an interpretive dance in a deserted, dirty apartment “while spinning, kicking, leaping, crawling, falling, twirling and hiding herself behind window drapes”. An alternative one-take version of the clip was released in June 2014. Sia had seen Ziegler on Dance Moms and asked her to appear in the video via Twitter. The video was directed by Sia and Daniel Askill, shot by cinematographer Sebastian Wintero and was choreographed by Ryan Heffington. Ziegler shared her thoughts about the choreography with New York magazine:
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Sara Bareilles (pictured in 2008) covered “Chandelier” on her Little Black Dress Tour in 2014.
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Venetian A glass from the island of Murano, Venice but usually used to describe any chandelier in Venetian style.
A chanderlier in one of the Durga Puja pandals in West Bengal, India
The earliest candle chandeliers were used by the wealthy in medieval times; this type of chandelier could be moved to different rooms. From the 15th century, more complex forms of chandeliers, based on ring or crown designs, became popular decorative features in palaces and homes of nobility, clergy and merchants. Their high cost made chandeliers symbols of luxury and status.
Branch Another name for the light-bearing part of a chandelier, also known as an arm.
Moulded The process by which a glass piece is shaped by being blown into a mould
Drop A small piece of glass usually cut into one of many shapes and drilled at one end so that it can be hung from the chandelier with a brass pin. A chain drop is drilled at both ends so that a series can be hung together to form a necklace or festoon.
Spire A tall spike of glass, round in section or flat sided. To which arms and decorative elements may be attached, made from wood, metal or glass.
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Neoclassical Style chandelier Glass chandelier featuring many delicate arms, spires and strings of ovals rhomboids or octagons.
Track listing Digital download No. Title Length 1. “Chandelier” 3:36 Digital download – Remixes EP No. Title Length 1. “Chandelier” (Four Tet Remix) 4:31 2. “Chandelier” (Plastic Plates Remix) 4:27 3.
“Chandelier” (Cutmore Club Remix) 5:08 4. “Chandelier” (Hector Fonseca Remix) 6:27 5. “Chandelier” (Liam Keegan Remix) 5:16 6. “Chandelier” (Dev Hynes Remix) 3:44 Total length: 29:33 Credits and personnel
Crown A circular chandelier reminiscent of a crown, usually of gilded metal or brass, and often with upstanding decorative elements.
The song is also featured in the television shows Hit the Floor, Wonderland, Selfie, Unreal, Please Like Me, Transparent, Shades of Blue, American Dad!, and Dance Moms.
More complex and elaborate chandeliers continued to be developed throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, but the widespread introduction of gas and electricity had devalued the chandelier’s appeal as a status symbol.
A chandelier /ˌʃæn.dəlˈɪər/ (also known as girandole, candelabra lamp, or least commonly suspended lights) is a branched ornamental light fixture designed to be mounted on ceilings or walls. Chandeliers are often ornate, and normally use incandescent light bulbs, though some modern designs also use fluorescent lamps and recently LEDs.
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Billboard listed “Chandelier” as the best song of 2014. The song received nominations at the 57th Grammy Awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, with its video receiving a nomination for Best Music Video.
Classic chandeliers have arrays of hanging crystal prisms to illuminate a room with refracted light, while contemporary chandeliers assume a more minimalist design that does not contain prisms and illuminate a room with direct light from the lamps, sometimes also equipped with translucent glass covering each lamp. Modern chandeliers have a more modernized design that uses LEDs, and combines the elements of both classic and contemporary designs; some also equipped with refractive crystal prisms or small mirrors.
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One of the largest chandeliers in the world ever produced for the Al Ameen Mosque in Muscat (Oman) shortly before delivery.
In January 2015, Swiss singer Mélanie René performed a slower version of the song at the Swiss national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, winning the right to represent her country in Vienna. The Belgian representative in the European contest Loïc Nottet also released a cover of the song on YouTube in November 2014, later praised by Sia on Twitter. Months later, he danced the song twice (including one in the final) in the French Dancing with the Stars, winning the competition. On 22 June 2015, Punk Goes Pop 6 was re-released with three new songs, one being a cover of “Chandelier” by PVRIS.
Dutch Also known as Flemish, a style of brass chandelier with a bulbous baluster and arms curving down around a low hung ball.
A karaoke version was briefly played in the 2016 movie Sing.
Cage An arrangement where the central stem supporting arms and decorations is replaced by a metal structure leaving the centre clear for candles and further embellishments.
Release history Region Release date Format Label Ref. Belgium 17 March 2014 Digital download
An antique chandelier with candles in Amsterdam’s Portuguese Synagogue
In the United States, “Chandelier” debuted at number 75 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart dated 31 May 2014. It peaked at number eight on the chart, becoming the first top ten single by Sia to appear on the chart as a lead artist. The song reached one million units sold in the US in August 2014, and surpassed the 2 million mark in sales in January 2015. The song also reached number six on the Canadian Hot 100. In June 2014, the single was certified platinum by Music Canada.
The 2017 film Happy End written and directed by Michael Haneke includes a karaoke cover of the song that has been described as “the movie’s most indelible scene”.
‘Chandelier’ has received critical acclaim. Andrew Trendall from Gigwise wrote that the song “springboards Sia from a behind-the-scenes genius into a superstar in her own right”. Gordon from Pitchfork Media praised Sia’s vocal performance on the track and commented that the track “is enough to make you want to swing from a chandelier”. Bradley Stern from the website MuuMuse labelled “Chandelier” the best pop single of 2014, complimenting Sia’s songwriting credits and her voice on the song. In a VH1 article, Emily Exton shared that thought, deeming it the best song Sia had ever written. Writing for Time magazine, Jamieson Cox deemed “Chandelier” a “disarming, unforgettable listen that’ll make you glad Sia kept this one for herself.” In a less enthusiastic review, Melinda Newman from HitFix thought that Sia “can do a lot better than this”.
Candlebeam A cross made from two wooden beams with one or more cups and prickets at each end for securing candles.
Songwriter, Lead vocals – Sia Furler Songwriter – Jesse Shatkin Producers – Greg Kurstin, Jesse Shatkin Drums, guitar, mellotron, piano – Greg Kurstin Drums, keyboards – Jesse Shatkin Programming – Jesse Shatkin Engineering – Greg Kurstin, Jesse Shatkin Additional engineering – Alex Pasco, Delbert Bowers Mixing – Manny Marroquin Assistant mixing – Chris Galland, Delbert Bowers
Bobèche A dish fitted just below the candle nozzle, designed to catch drips of wax. Also known as a drip pan.
In October 2014, the dance moves on the music video for “Chandelier” were parodied on Saturday Night Live by Jim Carrey, Kate McKinnon and Iggy Azalea in a sketch. Other parodies include Miranda Sings’ parody video, which has accumulated more than 9 million views. Derek Hough lip-synced the song while performing a parody of Ziegler’s routine on the eighth episode of Lip Sync Battle. “Chandelier” was played as the background music in the closing scene of the episode “Truth” on the TV show UnREAL. Jordan Smith covered it in his audition for The Voice in September 2015. Trent Harmon covered it in his Top 4 performance for the American Idol in March 2016. Also in March, English close harmony trio The Puppini Sisters covered the song in a mash up with Rappers Delight for their 5th studio album The High Life (The Puppini Sisters album).The song was covered by Pentatonix on the May 19, 2016 episode of Bones entitled “The Strike in the Chord”. Kim Yewon from Pledis Entertainment trainee group Pledis Girlz sang a cover of this song. Also in 2016, Finnish singer Saara Aalto covered the song twice during the 13th series of the UK version of The X Factor, first as her initial audition piece and later in the live semi-final round. In March 2017, Elha Nympha covered it in the season 2 premiere of Little Big Shots. American alternative rock band They Might Be Giants sometimes perform part of this song during their song Particle Man.
“Chandelier” (song), a 2014 song by Sia Chandelier (Plastic Tree album), 2006 Chandelier (Rachael Sage album), 2008 “Chandelier”, a song by Idlewild from their 2009 album Post Electric Blues “Chandelier”, a song by Stan Walker from his 2010 album From the Inside Out Chandelier, 2008 album by Factor Chandeliers (band), an electronic ensemble from Chicago See also Le Chandelier, an 1835 play Chandelier Tree, a redwood tree in Leggett, California Shanda Lear, daughter of Bill Lear who founded the Lear Jet company
Glossary of terms Adam style A neoclassical style, light, airy and elegant chandelier – usually English. Arm The light-bearing part of a chandelier also sometimes known as a branch. Arm plate The metal or wooden block placed on the stem, into which the arms slot.
Bag A bag of crystal drops formed by strings hanging from a circular frame and looped back into the center underneath, associated especially with early American crystal and regency style crystal chandeliers.
Baluster A turned wood or moulded stem forming the axis of a chandelier, with alternating narrow and bulbous parts of varying widths. Bead A glass drop with a hole drilled right through.
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The choreography was praised by media outlets; an editor from The Guardian wrote that Ziegler “dances with such impressive flexibility”. Nolan Feenay from Time magazine commented that the dance moves in the video could be the best dance routine of 2014. “Chandelier” received nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year and Best Choreography, and ultimately won the latter. It was also nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Music Video. The video went viral on YouTube and became the seventh most-watched video on the video-sharing website of 2014. As of June 2018, it has received over 1.8 billion views and was, at one point, the 13th most viewed YouTube video of all time. It has since moved down to 29th on the list of YouTube’s Most Viewed Videos of All Time. As of January 2015, Billboard ranked the video at number 12 on the list of the 20 best of the 2010s (so far). Both Rolling Stone magazine and Spin magazine named it the Best Music Video of 2014. VH1 listed it first among the “most groundbreaking” videos of 2014. In 2016, several items related to the “Chandelier” video were introduced into the “Right Here, Right Now” exhibit of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The song was covered on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge on 5 August 2014 by Scottish band Twin Atlantic and again in September 2014 by Irish band The Script; Music and Lyrics praised the latter group’s three-man harmonies. Reigan Derry performed the song the third live show of the sixth series of The X Factor Australia in August 2014, gaining a standing ovation by the judges. In March 2015, British singer-songwriter and 2012 X Factor winner James Arthur recorded a highly acclaimed acoustic version of the song, which he also later performed for MTV International. Also Andrea Faustini performed the song on The X Factor UK in November 2014. The tenth episode of Selfie, “Imperfect Harmony”, featured Karen Gillan singing a karaoke version of the song that segued into a cover by The Wind and The Wave and a sequence mimicking the original video. In the Glee episode “We Built This Glee Club” (119th episode overall), in March 2015, Samantha Marie Ware, Becca Tobin, and Laura Dreyfuss perform the song while J.J. Totah does Ziegler’s dance routine and Marshall Williams swings on a chandelier. Keegan Joyce sings the song in the third-season episode “Simple Carbohydrates” of the Australian TV series Please Like Me.
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A music video for the song, directed by Sia and Daniel Askill, and choreographed by Ryan Heffington, features dancer Maddie Ziegler. It has been viewed on YouTube more than 1.8 billion times, becoming one of the most viewed YouTube videos ever posted. In support of the single and 1000 Forms of Fear, Sia, often with Ziegler, performed “Chandelier” on a number of television shows, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Saturday Night Live, Dancing With the Stars, and at 57th Grammy Awards.
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In May 2014, Sia announced her sixth studio album 1000 Forms of Fear and released “Chandelier” as its lead single. Sia revealed that she initially wrote the track for Rihanna or Beyoncé, but decided to record the song herself. The melody was formed after Sia played the piano, while Greg Kurstin and Jesse Shatkin played the marimba in the studio. In the United States, “Chandelier” was released for digital download onto iTunes Stores on 17 March 2014 through Monkey Puzzle, with distribution by RCA Records. In the United Kingdom, “Chandelier” was released digitally on 29 June 2014. A day later, it was sent by RCA Records to US hot adult contemporary radio.
Waterfall or Wedding Cake Concentric rings of icicle drops suspended beneath the hoop or plate.
During the 18th century glass chandeliers were produced by Bohemians and Venetian glassmakers who were both masters in the art of making chandeliers. Bohemian style was largely successful across Europe and its biggest draw was the chance to obtain spectacular light refraction due to facets and bevels of crystal prisms. As a reaction to this new taste Italian glass factories in Murano created new kinds of artistic light sources. Since Murano glass was not suitable for faceting, typical work realized at the time in other countries where crystal was used, venetian glassmakers relied upon the unique qualities of their glass. Typical features of a Murano chandelier are the intricate arabesques of leaves, flowers and fruits that would be enriched by coloured glass, made possible by the specific type of glass used in Murano. This glass they worked with was so unique, as it was soda glass (famed for its extraordinary clarity) and was a complete contrast to all different types of glass produced in the world at that time. An incredible amount of skill and time was required to precisely twist and shape a chandelier. This new type of chandelier was called “ciocca” (literally “bouquet of flowers”), for the characteristic decorations of glazed polychrome flowers. The most sumptuous of them consisted of a metal frame covered with small elements in blown glass, transparent or colored, with decorations of flowers, fruits and leaves, while simpler models had arms made with unique pieces of glass. Their shape was inspired by an original architectural concept: the space on the inside is left almost empty since decorations are spread all around the central support, distanced from it by the length of the arms. One of the common uses of the huge Murano Chandeliers was the interior lighting of theatres and rooms in important palaces.
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Sia performed “Chandelier” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on 19 May 2014, with Ziegler recreating the choreography in the music video. Sia also performed the song on Late Night with Seth Meyers on 9 June 2014, with Girls star Lena Dunham performing new choreography. In July 2014, Sia performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Ziegler taught host Jimmy Kimmel and his sidekick Guillermo some of the dance moves from the music video. In July 2014, Sia performed the song on the VH1’s show “SoundClash”, along with her songs “Elastic Heart” and “Big Girls Cry” from the album. Sia sang the song on Dancing with the Stars, with Ziegler dancing a duet with Allison Holker, and at the 2014 We Can Survive Concert at the Hollywood Bowl. In February 2015, Sia sang the song in a cluttered apartment set for the 2015 Grammy Awards telecast. Ziegler danced in a cluttered apartment with actress Kristen Wiig. For all of these performances, Sia sang the track with her back to the camera. She performed the song on Saturday Night Live in January 2015, veiled, with a sad-looking mime who performed the lyrics in American sign language.
“Chandelier” is a song by Australian singer Sia from her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear (2014). Written by Sia and Jesse Shatkin and produced by Shatkin and Greg Kurstin, the song was released on 17 March 2014 as the lead single from the album. It is an electropop song, featuring electronica, R&B and reggae influences. Lyrically, the song has a melancholic theme, detailing the demoralisation and rationalisation of alcoholism through the typical thought process of a “party girl”.
Recording locations Vocals recorded at Hot Closet Studios, Echo Park, California Engineered at Echo Studios, Los Angeles, California Mixed at Larrabee Sound Studios, North Hollywood, California Personnel
“Chandelier” was successful in Oceania and Europe, peaking in the top five on 20 national record charts including: France, and Poland  (number one); Australia, Italy and Norway (number two); New Zealand and Slovakia (number three); and Norway and Scotland (number five). The single was certified quadruple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), and platinum by the Recorded Music NZ (RMNZ). In the United Kingdom, “Chandelier” charted at number six on the UK Singles Chart. In France, the single was the third best-selling single of 2014, according to Syndicat National de l’Édition Phonographique.
Sia singles chronology “Battle Cry” (2014) “Chandelier” (2014) “Big Girls Cry” (2014) “Battle Cry” (2014) “Chandelier” (2014) “Big Girls Cry” (2014)
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The word chandelier was first known in the English language in the 1736, borrowed from the Old French word chandelier, which comes from the Latin candelabrum.
In 2010, Sia released her fifth studio album We Are Born, which ended up at number two on the Australian Albums Chart. Following the release, Sia took a hiatus from performing and co-wrote songs for other recording artists, including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Flo Rida and David Guetta. In 2013, Sia recorded the track “Elastic Heart” for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack.
Candelabra Not to be confused with chandeliers, candelabras are candlesticks, usually branched, designed to stand on tables, or if large, the floor.
In the mid-19th century, as gas lighting caught on, branched ceiling fixtures called gasoliers (a portmanteau of gas and chandelier) were produced, and many candle chandeliers were converted. By the 1890s, with the appearance of electric light, some chandeliers used both gas and electricity. As distribution of electricity widened, and supplies became dependable, electric-only chandeliers became standard. Another portmanteau word, electrolier, was formed for these, but nowadays they are most commonly called chandeliers. Some are fitted with bulbs shaped to imitate candle flames, for example those shown below in Epsom and Chatsworth, or with bulbs containing a shimmering gas discharge.
Hoop A circular metal support for arms, usually on a regency-styles or other chandelier with glass pieces. Also known as a ring
Soda glass A type of glass used typically in Venetian glass chandeliers. Soda glass remains “plastic” for longer when heated, and can therefore be shaped into elegant curving leaves and flowers. Refracts light poorly and is normally fire polished.
Panikadilo Gothic candelabrum chandelier hung from centres of Orthodox cathedrals’ domes.
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Montgolfière chandelier Chandelier with shape of “montgolfière”, the early French hot air balloon
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Illustration of a medieval chandelier from King René’s Tournament Book, 1460
Drip pan The dish fitted just below the candle nozzle, designed to catch drips of wax. Know also as a bobèche.
Candle nozzle The small cup into which the end of the candle is slotted
In May 2014, Puddles Pity Party, the “sad clown with the golden voice” performed a version with Postmodern Jukebox that by June 2018 has had over 8 million views on YouTube. He also performed the song on the 12th-season premiere of America’s Got Talent, stunning the judges and gaining the four votes needed to move to the next round. In July 2014, Sara Bareilles performed an acoustic version of “Chandelier” during her Little Black Dress Tour. Reut Odinak from the Seattle Weekly lauded Bareilles’ vocals on the cover. Likewise, MuchMusic’s Evan Desouza wrote that “The song sounds almost [unrecognisable] with the stripped, acoustic cover. Of course no one can match Sia’s insane voice, but Sara does a decent job. Her vocals sound amazing.” Later that month, contestant Emily West from the ninth season of America’s Got Talent performed the song with an orchestral background to advance past the quarterfinals.
Festoon An arrangement of glass drops or beads draped and hung across or down a glass chandelier, or sometimes a piece of solid glass shaped into a swag. Also known as a garland.
Chandeliers are distinct from pendant lights, as they usually consist of multiple lamps and hang in branched frames, whereas pendant lights hang from a single cord and only contain one or two lamps with fewer decorative elements. Due to their size, they are often installed in hallways, living rooms, staircases, lounges, and dining rooms. However, miniature chandeliers also exist, allowing them to be installed in smaller spaces such as bedrooms or small living spaces.
The single reached the top 5 on record charts in 20 countries including France, Italy, Poland, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. In the United States, the single peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Sia’s first single as a lead artist to appear on the Hot 100, and has sold over 2 million copies in the country. The song received 4 nominations at the 57th Grammy Awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, with its video receiving a nomination for Best Music Video.
Lyrically, “Chandelier” has a sad theme talking about “the glitter and fatigue of a party girl’s life”. John Walker from MTV Buzzworthy opined that the song has a dark theme, “toeing the line between celebration and self-destruction as it becomes increasingly more blurred”. The song’s opening lyrics, “Party girls don’t get hurt, can’t feel anything … I push it down”, are sung over a reggae-influenced background. Walker noted that during the chorus, Sia sings, “I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier/ I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist, like it doesn’t exist”. A few critics compared the song’s musical style to works done by Rihanna, including Jeremy Gordon from Pitchfork Media, and Melinda Newman of HitFix.
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Canopy An inverted shallow dish at the top of a chandelier from which festoons of beads are often suspended, lending a flourish to the top of the fitting.
Toward the end of the 20th century, chandeliers were often used as decorative focal points for rooms, and often did not illuminate.
Tent A tent shaped structure on the upper part of a glass chandelier where necklaces of drops attach at the top to a canopy and at the bottom to a larger ring.
“Chandelier” was written by Sia and Shatkin and was produced by Kurstin and Shatkin. It was described as an electropop ballad, featuring “soaring” synthesisers, “militant” drums, and hip hop beats with electronica, R&B, and reggae influences. The song features Sia’s “jaw-dropping” vocal performance. The song is written in the key of B ♭ minor and it follows the chord progression of Bbm–Gbmaj7–Ab–Fm in the verses, Gbmaj7–Bbm-Ab in the pre-chorus, and Gbmaj7–Ab–Db/F–Gbmaj7 in the chorus.
By the early 18th century, ornate cast ormolu forms with long, curved arms and many candles were in the homes of many in the growing merchant class. Neoclassical motifs became an increasingly common element, mostly in cast metals but also in carved and gilded wood. Chandeliers made in this style also drew heavily on the aesthetic of ancient Greece and Rome, incorporating clean lines, classical proportions and mythological creatures. Developments in glassmaking later allowed cheaper production of lead crystal, the light scattering properties of which quickly made it a popular addition to the form, leading to the crystal chandelier.