Paradise of Birds : flute with piano
by Jim Coyle (2017)
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The twelve species of bird depicted in this set are all Australian natives and each miniature piece tries to capture the bird's character and spirit, rather than trying to imitate its call. Thus, the rainbow lorikeet flits in a hyper-active, sugar-loaded way, while the forest raven is walking in a stately and unhurried fashion, and the silver gull steals your chips. These are all birds I have observed in their natural environment and these pieces are my portraits of them.
The piece has a longer prelude and postlude, in between which the performers may present any of the twelve birds in the order of their choosing or may choose only to perform some of them.
Instrumentation: Flute, piano.
Duration: 19 min.
Difficulty: Medium — This is a set of miniatures of varying levels of difficulty. However, none are beyond the technical capacity of a good Year Twelve student.
Contents note: Prelude -- Rainbow Lorikeet -- Superb Fairy Wren -- Forest Raven -- Pied Cormorant -- Cassowary -- Brush Turkey -- Pink Robin -- Emerald Dove -- Silver Gull -- New Holland Honeyeater -- Wedge-tailed Eagle -- Eastern Yellow Robin -- Postlude.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Bridget Bolliger
Commission note: Commissioned by Bridget Bolliger.
The composer notes:
Apart from the Prelude and Postlude, the movements may be played in any order the players wish. It is perfeectly acceptable to omit some of them.
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