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Bird Songs : for high voice and string orchestra or string quintet

by Don Kay (2012)

Bird Songs


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Work Overview

John Honey's six beautifully evocative, as well as highly informative, poems offered me lots of imageries and contrasts, from the Black Cockatoo ('in black mourning dress') to the witty Grey Thrush (whose 'nice reputation should forth with be set aside') and the Raven, ('late, hurrying somewhere...'), Blue Wren ('harangues his harem from the sundial') and the Swamp Harrier ('...shows off his moves to potential young loves'), prepare us for the Wedge Tailed Eagle ('flying long and high') bringing the work to a quiet and thought-provoking close.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: High voice, string orchestra (or string quintet).

Duration: 22 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus Funereus) -- II. Grey Thrush (Colluricincla Harmonica) -- III. Raven (Corvus Tasmanicus) -- IV. Superb Blue Wren (Malurus Cyaneus) -- V. Swamp Harrier (Circus Approximans) -- VI. Wedge Tailed Eagle (Aquila audax).


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