Violated Blossoms

for soprano and violoncello

Emma-Ruth Richards

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for soprano and violoncello

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Composer Emma-Ruth Richards
Year of Composition 2019
Duration ca.12'
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Catalogue ID ce-err1vb1


Violated Blossoms is a setting of Alexander Pope’s The Fable Of Dryope – Ovid’s Metamorphoses. In Greek mythology, Dryope is the name attributed to several distinct figures. The most prominent Dryope was the lover of Apollo. She was sometimes thought of as one of the Pleiades (and hence a nymph). There are two stories of her metamorphosis into a black poplar tree. Here, in Ovid’s version of the story, Dryope was wandering by a lake, suckling her baby Amphissus, when she saw the bright red flowers of the blossoming lotus tree. Dryope plucked one of the blossoms to give to her child but as she cropped one the tree started to tremble and bleed. She tried to run away, but the blood of the tree had touched her skin and she found her feet rooted to the spot. She slowly began to turn into a black poplar, the bark spreading up her legs from the earth, but just before the bark invaded her throat her husband Andraemon heard her cries and came to her. She had just enough time to bid farewell and warn her husband to take care of their child and make sure that he did not pick flowers.