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The Water Dragon : As Blue as Turquoise Pearls

by Margaret Brandman (2015, this version: 2021)

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Work Overview

As Blue as Turquoise Pearls, is an adaptation for cello of the The Water Dragon (The Scorpio Song), the eighth song in Margaret Brandman's 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' song cycle inspired by the lyrics of astropoet Benita Rainer.
This cello version is in the key of D Major and begins with the piano introduction suggesting cascading water. Cellist Ariel Volovelsky together with composer/pianist Margaret Brandman recorded this work for her Cello Sensations series on the ModernClassicalX label.

Work Details

Year: 2015, this version: 2021

Instrumentation: Cello, piano.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — In quadruple meter with changing time signatures, extensive range, clef changes, double stopping, harmonics


The Water Dragon (Soprano song)
The Water Dragon : 'As Blue as Turqouise Pearls', arranged for cello and piano


Performances of this work

23 Mar 23: Humph Hall, 85 Allambie Road, Allambie Heights, NSW 2100. Featuring Ariel Volovelsky, Margaret Brandman.

18 Sep 22: Mosman Art Gallery, Grand Hall,1 Art Gallery Way, Mosman . Featuring Margaret Brandman, Ariel Volovelsky.

3 Dec 21: Emanuel Baptist Church, Windmill St, Gravesend, UK . Featuring Hooked on Flutes.

17 May 19: Christchurch, Echo Square, Gravesend, Kent, UK . Featuring Hooked on Flutes.

6 Apr 19: St John the Baptist Church, Meopham, Kent, UK

19 Aug 18: Eugene Goosens Hall, ABC Centre, Harris St, Ultimo NSW. Featuring Margaret Brandman, Désirée Regina.

14 Sep 17: Concert Hall of the Czech Music of Music Karmelitská, Prague, Czech Republic

3 Sep 16: East Recital Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.. Featuring Margaret Brandman, Martin Cooke.

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