Sheet Music: Score & Part(s)
White Birds Fly Over the Valley of the Somme : from 'The Glass Soldier', for cello and piano / Nigel Westlake.
by Nigel Westlake (2018)
Taken from the 3rd movement of the orchestral Suite "The Glass
Soldier" (Commissioned by Don Farrands in memory of his
grandfather N. H. Ferguson), this duo for cello and piano is a
slow lament representing the aftermath of the battle of
Villers-Bretonneux in Northern France (April 17-24,1918) in which
Nelson, a stretcher bearer was embroiled.
The image of white birds juxtaposed over a desolate landscape devastated beyond recognition is a metaphor for hope, the title inspired by a scene descriptive from Hannie Rayson's original play "The Glass Soldier". As Nelson surveys the killing fields of the Somme he yearns to be back in the arms of his true love, Madeleine. The sweet sounds of her piano playing inhabit his daydreaming & offer a glimpse of hope amongst the scarred earth & mud-filled trenches.
Published by: Rimshot Music — 1 score 7p. -- B4 (portrait)) and 1 part (2p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — High register cello
Duration: 5 min.
White Birds Fly Over the Valley of the Somme is also featured in "The Diggers Requiem" under the title "Wooden Birds Fly Over the Valley of the Somme"
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