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Night Parrot

Digital Audio Album

The Night Parrot / Jessica Wells.

  • Published by ABC Music — 26 February, 2021 — 1 online resource
  • Sales Availability: Buy The Night Parrot on the iTunes Store
  • Library Availability: This item is not available from the Australian Music Centre Library

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  Work Composer PerformersDuration
The Night Parrot — soprano with string quartet
Jessica Wells Morgan England-Jones, Acacia Quartet 23 mins

Product details

Setting a bush poetry-style text created by librettist Jeff Wells, composer Jessica Wells traces in music the story of the Night Parrot, and the quest to find it and bring it back from the edge of extinction: an exploration, she says, 'of the human endeavour that had almost destroyed this little bird, but has now saved it.' Her music evokes the vast and sparse outback environment that the Night Parrot inhabits; it examines the predators and dangers that threaten its existence; it takes us to Victorian England and the posh drawing rooms where stuffed birds were sent; it shows us the first time a bird was held in human hands for over 130 years; and finally, it reflects on the importance of the effort to preserve the species now and into the future.
Performed by award-winning soprano Morgan England-Jones and the Acacia Quartet, this is a heartwarming and uplifting musical account of one of this country's great stories.

Contents note:

I. Prologue -- II. Will-o-the-Wisp -- III. Channel Country -- IV. The Story of a Little Bird -- V. Predators -- VI. The Story of a Precious Bird -- VII. Victoriana -- VIII. The Story of Pezoporus occidentalis -- IX. Sundown in the Spinifex (Re-enactment) -- X. Epilogue -- XI. Reflection.

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