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Paradise of Birds : flute with piano

by Jim Coyle (2017)

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Performance by Bridget Bolliger, Andrew West from the CD Timeless



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Timeless / Bridget Bolliger, flute, Andrew West, piano.

Library shelf no. CD 3057 [Available for loan]

Paradise of Birds


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Paradise of Birds / Jim Coyle.

Library shelf no. 788.32/COY 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2017

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.

First performance: by Bridget Bolliger, Andrew West at SCMF18: Nella and the Paradise of Birds (Manly Art Gallery) on 27 Oct 2018

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.


Performances of this work

27 Oct 2018: at SCMF18: Nella and the Paradise of Birds (Manly Art Gallery). Featuring Bridget Bolliger, Andrew West.

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