Variations on Papaver Rhoeas

 Premiere: London

30th October2018

Details to be announced.


Variations on Papaver Rhoeas is the Latin name for the poppy which is the symbol for the remembrance of  conflicts and wars, and in particular World War One. A feature of the First World War poppy is that it has four petals, and so I have created four short  variations, movements 1, 2, 4, and 5. For these pieces, I had in my mind the image of youth, anger, reflection and release, the latter being the exhilaration of surviving. But fundamental to Variations on Papaver Rhoeas is the more substantial third movement, , a symbol of  the central black core of the flower. At the outset of drafting this work, I had begun with this particular movement under a title of The Hypocrisy of War, I had been struck by solemn-looking dignitaries and politicians on the day of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One - on that day a major new Arms contract was announced in the UK.


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