Blue upon blue David Lumsdaine

Blue upon blue cover
8 mins

Solos, Duos & Trios Solos •• Solo cello

1 Violoncello

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Score ISMN 57020-036-8 £7.00

solo cello

Programme note

Commissioned by Tall Poppies.

Blue upon blue takes its title from the end of the poem appended to case 20 in the famous Zen case book,  HEKINGANROKU by the monk Setcho.

  Beautiful the evening clouds,

endless the distant hills, blue upon blue,

range upon range.


Two pieces of music share the same space: the one a simple modal tune, the  other, equally simple gestures of wood and gut.  They both share the same player, the same instrument. Blue lasts just seven minutes, and was commissioned in 1990 by Belinda Webster for the fine Australian cellist, David Pereira. It was our first collaboration for solo cello; in 1992 I composed the cello concerto, A Garden of Earthly Delights.for David and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

David Pereira, Sydney 1992.
  • 25 Apr 2017 | 12:00pm |

    Broadcast: BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week - Nicola Lefanu


    David Pereira, cello

  • 4 May 2007 |

    University of York


    Robin Michael (cello), Caroline Balding (violin) (members of Gemini)

  • 21 Mar 2007 | 1:00pm |

    University of Surrey PATS Studio 1


    Robin Michael (cello, Gemini)