Sheet Music: Score
As small birds play : for Bb clarinet / Corrina Bonshek.
by Corrina Bonshek (2011)
This work can be performed with optional backing track. The backing track CD can be ordered here.
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
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.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (5p. -- A4 (portrait))
Duration: 4 mins, 30 sec.
First performance by Sue Newsome — Nov 12. Centennial Park, Sydney, 125th Anniversary launch
Includes programme notes and performance directions.
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