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13 ways of looking at a butcherbird

Sheet Music: Score

13 ways of looking at a butcherbird : for piano / Michael Hannan.

by Michael Hannan (2005)

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  • Instrumentation: Piano.


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13 Way of Looking at a Butcherbird consists of 13 short movements each based melodically on transcribed butcherbird calls. Three of these were transcribed from commercially available recordings of the pied butcherbird but the others are from field recordings made by me in various locations including Brisbane, Byron Bay, Clunes, Lismore, Nimbin and Bellingen. The approach to the harmonic accompaniments to these
movements varies according to the intervallic implications of the tunes: some are dissonant while others use pentatonic or other recognisable scales. For example a pied butcherbird bird heard pre-dawn at Clunes (Movement V) employs the whole-tone scale and inspired a simple parallel chord accompaniment in the same scale.
The title is a reference to the Wallace Stevens' poem "Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Blackbird" (1917), which has inspired many musical compositions including a song setting by the Australian composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks.

Published by: Wirripang [979 0 720133 42 3] — 1 score (10p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Includes program note.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979 0 720133 42 3

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