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The Artamidae (solo piano)

by Glen Carter-Varney (2003)

Audio Sample

Performance by Glen Carter-Varney from the CD artamidae



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Artamidae : spirit of the butcher birds / Glen Carter-Varney.

Library shelf no. 786.2/CAR 34 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The Artamidae bird family is confined to the Australian region with eight varieties in Australia. They are among the finest of song birds and sing often in duet, almost the year round. This piano solo is an impression of three small black and white butcher birds calling to one another from the treetops in the composer's garden in the early morning sunshine. The three individual birdcalls form the introduction of the piece and the music is then woven around these calls.

Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB Grade 7/8.

Commission note: Commissioned by Sonya Visser for Andrew Visser

First performance: by Andrew Visser — Oct 03. Keys National Piano Competition, Brisbane


Performances of this work

Apr 11: National Graduation of the Australian Guild of Music Education, Melbourne University. Featuring Cassie Sofia.

Oct 03: Keys National Piano Competition, Brisbane. Featuring Andrew Visser.

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