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Blue carnation : for solo violin

by Katherine Rawlings (2001)

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Performance by Marianne Broadfoot from the CD Lucid dreaming

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From Earth to Sky : solo violin / Marianne Rothschild.

Library shelf no. CD 3143 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2001

Instrumentation: Violin.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium — AMEB grade 7

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

Performances of this work

18 Aug 2018: at Linus Ensemble (St Linus Church (Coburg North)). Featuring Marianne Rotschild.

22 Jul 2018: at Winter in Melbourne (St Mark's Anglican Church (Templestowe)). Featuring Marianne Rothschild.

21 Jul 2018: at Saturday Afternoon Concert Series (Diamond Creek Uniting Church). Featuring Linus Ensemble.

17 Jul 2016: at An Afternoon At St Linus (St. Linus' Anglican Church, Merlynston).

10 Feb 06: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Marianne Broadfoot.

25 Oct 01: Melba Hall, University of Melbourne, Parkville. Featuring David Pietsch.

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