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As small birds play

Sheet Music: Score

As small birds play : for Bb clarinet / Corrina Bonshek.

by Corrina Bonshek (2011)

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  • Instrumentation: Bb clarinet with optional backing CD.
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    From the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 69.


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This work can be performed with optional backing track. The backing track CD can be ordered here.

One of my favourite walks in Sydney's Centennial Park is the path through the densely wooded Lachlan Swamp. This piece is inspired by my experiences of sitting quietly amongst the Paperbark trees and listening to the birds and insects there. In the music, bird calls and the rapid, darting, bird movements are suggested through the lively variations of the main melody. This 'bird' music is balanced by held high notes and slow, free-flowing phrases that symbolise a kind of deep tranquility or contemplative silence that is so easy to slip into while sitting in nature. My musical expression of that stillness is, in part, influenced by Japanese Gagaku and its free-flowing, breath-length phrasing.

As Small Birds Play can be performed with a birdcall soundtrack that I recorded in Carpertee Valley NSW. This area is home to over 200 species of birds including the yellow faced honey eater and grey shrike-thrush that feature prominently in the recording.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (5p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 4 mins, 30 sec.

First performance by Sue Newsome — Nov 12. Centennial Park, Sydney, 125th Anniversary launch

Includes programme notes and performance directions.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720165-66-0

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This work is also available in the following products:

As small birds play - backing CD
CD: As small birds play - backing CD / Corrina Bonshek.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 69.
CD: Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 69.

This work also exists as the following versions:
- Solo Bass Clarinet


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