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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.


8 minutes

David Pereira, Sydney 1992.

1 Violoncello
Composition date


Cello Dreaming David Pereira (vc) November 2010 Tall Poppies TP075
White Dawn - songs and soundscapes by David Lumsdaine Lesley-Jane Rogers (soprano, John Turner (recorder), Jonathan Price (cello), Gemini directed by Martyn Brabbins 15th October 2010 Metier MSV28519


3 December 2022 Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York,, YO1 8NQ

Gemini Ensemble at Late Music York

7 November 2021 Angela Burgess Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, NW1 5HT

Gemini Ensemble celebrate the music and 90th birthday of UYMP composer David Lumsdaine.

Interview with David Lumsdaine.

25 April 2017

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 March 2007

University of Surrey PATS Studio 1

Robin Michael (cello, Gemini)