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story of Keshovati

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The story of Keshovati : for solo flute & narration / words and music by Wendy Hiscocks.

by Wendy Hiscocks (2002)


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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 The Story of 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 also be replaced by a short passage in multiphonics of the performer's choice, for performers who are fluent in that technique.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (19p. -- A4 (portrait))

Duration: 10 min.

Contents note:

1. The king -- 2. The six queens -- 3. The separation -- 4. The reunion.

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

Includes programme note.

Words by Wendy Hiscocks after a Bengali folk tale.

Each movement is preceded by a short narration. It is possible to perform the piece without speaking the narrative.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: M-67301-957-7

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