Corpse Flower Consortium



About the piece:

The Corpse Flower is not only one of the largest free-standing blossoming plants in the world, it also it also highly unique in that it requires 7 – 10 years to bloom for the first time. The plant must go through several germination cycles, moving through a single leaf phase multiple times prior to the first bloom.

This work tells the story of a corpse flower, beginning with the initial single leaf. This leaf returns to the corm, the 100-pound bulb from which the plant stems. When the bloom finally arrives, it can be as tall as ten feet tall, but only lasts about 48 hours until it begins to wilt. The withering can take much longer, as the bloom decays and the single leaf stage begins anew.

I had the good fortune to get to see a corpse flower in full bloom in the fall of 2020 (The cover art was taken from this flower), and the opportunity to see this marvel in person was the primary motivation behind writing this work.

This work will be premiered in April 2023 by lead commissioner, Erin Webber (Assistant Professor of Practice – Oboe, The University of Texas at San Antonio)  The consortium will close on April 15, 2023, and digital scores will be delivered that day. All members of the consortium will receive exclusive performance rights until May 2024.

Thank you for your interest in the Corpse Flower Oboe Sonata consortium. Along with your payment, please fill out the form below and I will be in touch with you shortly.

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Preview the opening movement: