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Sheet Music: Score

Keshovati : flute solo / Wendy Hiscocks.

by Wendy Hiscocks (2002)

  • Sales Availability: We expect this item to be back in stock and available for purchase on 27 Jan 2017.
  • Library Availability: 788.32/HIS 2 — Reference (not for loan) copy only
  • Instrumentation: Flute (with optional narration between movements).

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Product details

The story of the Champa flower first came to my attention when I was setting Rabindranath Tagore's poem 'The Champa Flower' for a set of songs called Mother and Child. In Tagore's delightful poem he is a child who imagines what it would be like to change himself into a champa flower and hide from his mother. This aroused my curiosity about the importance of the champa flower itself, and when I enquired into its origins I was given two different verbal accounts of the Bengali folk tale concerning the sons and daughter of a King and Queen who underwent a magical transformation into champa and parul flowers.

It is possible to perform Keshovati without speaking the narrative, though in such a case it is suggested that the text be reproduced in the programme notes. The short musical phrase for the flower speech can be replaced by a short passage in multiphonics of the performer's choice if the flautist is fluent in that technique. A multiphonic effect is desirable in the fourth movement ('The Reunion') where indicated to create an unstable chordal effect rather than only sounding the higher octave.

Published by: Wirripang [979 0 720159 11 9] — 1 score (15p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note:

1. The King -- 2. The Six Queens -- 3. The Separation -- 4. The Reunion.

Commissioned by Mark Underwood.

First performance by Mark Underwood — 29 Nov 02. Reading, UK

Includes programme notes.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979 0 720159 11 9

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