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The bird king suite : three pieces for treble voices and piano after images of Shaun Tan

by Dan Walker (2012)

Work Overview

This set of three short choral works were inspired by the artwork of Australian illustrator Shaun Tan and reflect his eye for the whimsical, the fantastic and the beautiful. They would suit a good primary school or lower secondary school choir with a competent accompanist.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Treble voices (in 2 and 3 parts), piano.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Medium — some tricky canonic writing, large range

Contents note: i. Anthropologists -- ii. Heart Bell -- iii. The Bird King.

Commission note: Commissioned for New England Sings.. Commissioned by the New England Conservatorium for their 2012 'New England Sings' choral festival

First performance: by New England Sings, Lyn Williams at New England Sings! (Lazenby Hall, UNE) on 28 Oct 2012

The composer notes the following genres, subjecs, influences, etc associated with this work:
Shaun Tan, exploration themes, illustrations, imagination


Performances of this work

28 Oct 2012: at New England Sings! (Lazenby Hall, UNE). Featuring New England Sings, Lyn Williams.

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