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Blue carnation

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Blue carnation : for solo violin / by Katherine Rawlings.

by Katherine Rawlings (2001)

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  • Instrumentation: Violin.
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    Performance by Marianne Broadfoot from the CD Lucid dreaming


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Once I was given blue carnations for my birthday. They were so beautiful and they seemed to last forever. The blue carnation is a genetically engineered flower, and although they are called blue carnations, they are more of a pale purple colour. The idea of engineering a flower to last longer, and have a colour contrary to what occurs naturally, really intrigued me. It aroused certain conflicts in my mind. On the one hand the very notion of genetic engineering conjures up images of discoloured tomatoes that are leathery and tasteless, and children who are completely identical to their parents, present and future possibilities which I am desperately afraid of. On the other hand the beauty and strength of the blue carnation appeared superior in many ways, though I didn’t want it to be.

Drawing from this idea, in this piece, I have attempted to create a sense of beauty laced with fear and uncertainty.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (4p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — AMEB grade 7

Duration: 4 mins

First performance by David Pietsch — 25 Oct 01. Melba Hall, University of Melbourne, Parkville

Includes programme note and performance directions.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2014.

ISMN: M-67300-324-8

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