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As small birds play : for B flat clarinet

by Corrina Bonshek (2011)

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From the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 69.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 69.

Library shelf no. CD 2768 [Available for loan]

As small birds play


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

Library shelf no. 788.62/BON 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: Bb clarinet with optional backing CD.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium

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


Performances of this work

Unknown date.

29 Oct 2016: at Sirius Chamber Ensemble: Birdsong (Christ Church, Lavender Bay). Featuring Sirius Chamber Ensemble.

Nov 12: Centennial Park, Sydney, 125th Anniversary launch. Featuring Sue Newsome.

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