Extinct birds : baritone voice with chamber ensemble
by David Holyoake (2013)
Performance by Ensemble Matisse, Njabulo Madlala, Daniel Bradley from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 49.
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Extinct birds : for clarinet, piano, violin, cello, percussion and baritone with recorded bird song / David Holyoake.
Library shelf no. 783.88547/HOL 3 [Available for loan]
David Holyoake's commission from Ensemble Matisse, Extinct Birds, is a unique chamber creation weaving in the recorded sound of extinct and endangered song birds. The final of the 4 movements introduces voice to deliver the 'apology to the birds' in zulu and english. This work has been performed throughout London and Cambridge and is supported by the Arts Council of England. David hopes to bring it back home to Australia soon.
Instrumentation: Baritone, clarinet in B flat, violin, cello, piano, percussion, and live playback of bird song recorded tracks. Ensembles interested to perform this work together with the recorded extinct bird song tracks indicated in the score should contact the composer by email to receive the audio tracks of the recorded extinct bird song, (at no additional cost) with additional instructions or advice if needed for how we cued the recorded bird sound during live chamber performance.
Duration: 23 min.
Contents note: I. Fossils to Phoenix -- II. The Birds are Dead -- III. Human Flight -- IV. Apology to the Birds.
The composer notes the following subjects associated with this work:
Environmental themes, species extinction, conservation.
Resonate article: Extinct Birds and contemporary music as activism: an invitation by David Holyoake
- Inspired by: Environmental themes
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