Where Ashes Make the Flowers Grow

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Where Ashes Make the Flowers Grow

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Scoring & Instrumentation
viola and percussion (1)
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Year Authored (or revised)
Duration (min)
17 minutes
Movements
single movement

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Description

Perc - a combination of metal and skin percussion 

Comments

The title is taken from a version of the soldier's song/sea chantey "Go Down, you blood red roses" as sung by Richard and Mimi Farina, among others. The words, apart from a refrain consisting of the title and occasionally one extra line ("O you pinks and posies"), were usually improvised in rhymed couplets (i.e., "Just one more time and that'll do--Go down, you blood red roses, go down--For we're the boys to take her through--Go down, you blood red roses, O you pinks and posies, --Go down, you blood red roses, go down"). The blood red roses refer to the British Army uniform of the 18th and 19th century as they appeared in the squares from which they fought. Most songs with such a reference, besides serving as work songs on occasion, are anti-war in character, denoting the fallen square lying dead but appearing like the petals of a rose. Often the words may also include a sweetheart mourning her dead lover. In any case, the song has an inner darkness that haunts its many versions and also the present work. 

First Perfomance
Oberlin, Ohio, October, 2012
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Text Language - Non English
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Ensemble Type
duo inst or voices
percussion featured
Genre/Theme

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Instrument
Percussion , viola

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