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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation


Botanical Prints performance

23 September 2016

Join us on Sunday, 2 October 2016 (2:00–2:40 p.m.) for Botanical Prints, a song cycle for clarinet duet composed by Theodore Teichman, a composition and neurobiology student at Carnegie Mellon University. The piece will be performed by Allyson Edington, a clarinetist and music educator based in Pittsburgh, and Clayton Brown, a clarinetist and student at Carnegie Mellon. Inspired by the shape, movement and pattern of plants in drawings included in the Catalogue of the Botanical Art Collection at the Hunt Institute database, Teichman selected seven drawings and composed a response to each in an ascending order for this song cycle. In describing the piece Teichman said, "This work is exploring the boundaries between art and science in botanical illustration. I am looking at considering the botanical illustration as if it were a portrait of a person and trying to find the personality, mood and backstory of that plant. The music takes these illustrations and amplifies and infuses these moods and stories, profiling each plant and creating a dynamic narrative of these forms across the cycle."

About the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation. To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides publications and other modes of information service. The Institute meets the reference needs of botanists, biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers and the public at large, especially those concerned with any aspect of the North American flora.

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Scarlett T. Townsend