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Bird organ is made of wood : trio for percussion

by Caroline Wilkins (1991, this version: 1995)

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[Music by] Caroline Wilkins.


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Library shelf no. CD 1067 [Available for loan]

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The bird organ is made of wood / Caroline Wilkins.

Library shelf no. 785.5219/WIL 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

The title is taken from a quotation by Denis Diderot in D'Alembert's Dream (1762); 'the bird organ is made of wood, man is made of flesh'.

The work consists of 3 movements, taking as their starting point my interest in early forms of automata and their parallel with natural, environmental sound. Each movement explores the timbral properties of percussion instruments grouped according to their materials: metal, wood, membranes, tuned and untuned; merging certain timbral colours together.

Work Details

Year: 1991, this version: 1995

Instrumentation: Herd bells, side drum, glass chimes, 6 temple blocks, 3 wood blocks. Glockenspiel, vibraphone, 2 crotales, 2 cymbals. Bambus, guiro, 2 reco-recos, 3 maracas, cabaca, 2 mexican beans, shocallo, sand blocks, bass drum, side drum.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmic synchronisation, subtleties of timbre, technically difficult.

Contents note: In 3 movements.

First performance: by Schlagquartett Koeln — 1998. Alte Feuerwache, Cologne

Performances of this work

5 Mar 98: Alte Feuerwache, Cologne. Featuring Schlagquartett Köln.

1998: Alte Feuerwache, Cologne. Featuring Schlagquartett Koeln.

1993: Stuttgart

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