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Bird : violin and cello duo

by Haydn Reeder (2000)

Audio Sample

Performance by Isin Cakmakcioglu, Chien-Hsiu Ong from the CD La flor en la colina

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Library shelf no. 785.712/PAS 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

All of the main characteristics of a bird are to be found in this piece. Obviously some involve translation from one sense to another, for example from the visual to the aural. Colour is represented by changes in tone-colour: there are many such permutations in the first section. Flight can be heard in a quick(er) delivery of notes across the registers. An invented, not an actual, bird call will be played.

Work Details

Year: 2000

Instrumentation: Violin, cello.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium — First section requires many colour changes

First performance: by Alice Rickards, Lizzy May — 13 Sep 05. Royal Academy of Music, London


Resonate article: Haydn Reeder: 'More time for music to speak' by Anni Heino

Resonate article: Melbourne Composers' League by John Griffiths and Elizabeth Ruthven

Performances of this work

26 Aug 2011: at Edinburgh Fringe - Alba to Oz (The Space @ Symposium Hall). Featuring Sonia Cromarty, Alice Rickards.

23 Aug 2011: at Alba to Oz (To be confirmed). Featuring Alice Rickards, Sonia Cromarty.

23 Aug 2011: at Edinburgh Fringe - Alba to Oz (The Space @ Symposium Hall). Featuring Sonia Cromarty, Alice Rickards.

11 Jun 2011: at Arcko Symphonic Project: Chamber View (Richmond Uniting Church). Featuring Arcko Symphonic Ensemble.

8 Feb 2009: at La Flor en la Colina (Deakin Edge). Featuring Chien-Hsiu Ong, Isin Cakmakcioglu.

13 Sep 05: Royal Academy of Music, London. Featuring Alice Rickards, Lizzy May.

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