Kinds of Blue is a seven-minute piece composed by Miriama Young, inspired by four blue-centric works by artist Mark Rothko, Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and Sketches of Spain, and filmmaker Derek Jarman's book Chroma. The piece is dedicated to Young's mother, visual artist Priscilla Young, who helped her identify and name the colours that mark the four sections of the work. The piece is structurally based on the tension between the deep sea blue E major and light sky blue F# minor, exploring the duality of these two colours as expressed in the works of Rimsky-Korsakov and Scriabin. What happens when these two colours are placed next to each other, what happens in the space between? Young's use of suspended tones in the piece reflects her background in jazz and her fascination with the blues, which she describes as an expression of deep emotion. The harmon-muted trumpet in the piece pays homage to Miles Davis, while the title itself is a nod to his album Kind of Blue. The piece premiered on April 23, 2023, at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, performed by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Jessica Cottis. Kinds of Blue explores the delicate and expressive potential of the orchestra.
Duration: 7 min.
Premiere: 26 April 2023, Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Canberra