Blackbird song (trios: flute, clarinet, vibraphone)
by Kate Moore (2018)
'Blackbird Song' is an expansive melody written in response to the early morning cantillation of a Merel. In the earliest twilight hours of the morning, before the sunrise chorus of birds, a tiny unassuming blackbird clad in shiny jet-black feathers, perches upon a high post and sings with all its might an epic melancholic tale of adventure and fantasy with its yellow beak pointed toward the heavens. Without knowing it, the bird has captivated the imagination of the listener, who, despite being unable to understand the vocabulary and grammar of its language, is taken along on a journey of the blackbird's worldly and otherworldly experiences.
Instrumentation: Alto flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone.
Duration: 10 min.
Written for: Ensemble Offspring
Commission note: Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring’s Noisy Egg Creation Fund
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