The Banksia-SOLO OB
Composer: Powning, Graham
Publisher: Phylloscopus Publications (England)
for solo oboe
by Graham Powning (b. 1949)- Australian composer
In 2008, Powning composed The Banksia for solo oboe, an atmospheric piece inspired by a genus of plants of which some fifty species are found throughout Australia and into New Guinea. The plants range in size from shrubs to trees and have densely packed cone-like inflorescnces, which open from the bottom upwards and can contain 1000 flowers each. These distinctive and characteristic plants belong to the Proteaceae, a family which also includes the genus Protea, well known in the flora of South Africa.
Banksia is named in honor of Sir Joseph Banks, who lived from 1743 to 1820. Banks was a member of Cook expedition in the 1770s, and was a prominent botanist.