...Blood Which Flowed - 2003
Flute, Alto Flute, Alto Trombone, Harp, Piano, Viola
Premiere: December 6, 2003, Music Gallery, Toronto/Ontario, Belladonna
...Blood which flowed was composed for the ensemble "Belladonna", a collection of woman musicians who gathered yearly to commemorate victims of the Montreal Massacre, December 6, 1989.
The music is derived from the chant of Hildegard
von Bingen "O Ruby Blood" or "O rubor sanguinis".
It is intended as a meditation on non-violence.
O rubor sanguinis (original text from chant)
O ruby blood
which flowed from
where divinity touched.
You are a flower
that the winter
of the serpent’s breath
can never injure.