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Birds in the swamp : for piano solo

by Barbara Durham (2002)

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From the CD Relaxation for piano

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Birds in the swamp : for piano solo / Barbara Durham.

Library shelf no. 786.2/DUR 3 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

This piece was inspired by the Allen Noble Sanctuary at Aireys Inlet which is a small swamp. Press the clusters down firmly, even when soft. Note the repeated quavers depicting the pecking of the birds, the short piu mosso section of a wild duck fluttering in the water, the molto accel. (bar 14) of birds taking off in flight, the allargando themes (bars 15 - 16) of the graceful swans swimming, the clusters in bars 20 and 21 depicting splashes in the water forming rings, the melodic fragment (bar 29) of birds scampering across the mud flats and the theme at bar 14 is repeated at the end but should be left to dye away: the memory of the calm
beautiful sight will last forever…

Work Details

Year: 2002

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Medium — AMEB Grade 5.

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