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13 ways of looking at a butcherbird : for piano

by Michael Hannan (2005)

13 ways of looking at a butcherbird


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13 ways of looking at a butcherbird : for piano / Michael Hannan.

Library shelf no. 786.2/HAN 17 [Not for loan]

Piano music. Volume II


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Piano music. Volume II / Michael Hannan.

Library shelf no. 786.2/HAN 43 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

13 Way of Looking at a Butcherbird consists of 13 short movements each based melodically on transcribed butcherbird calls. Three of these were transcribed from commercially available recordings of the pied butcherbird but the others are from field recordings made by me in various locations including Brisbane, Byron Bay, Clunes, Lismore, Nimbin and Bellingen. The approach to the harmonic accompaniments to these
movements varies according to the intervallic implications of the tunes: some are dissonant while others use pentatonic or other recognisable scales. For example a pied butcherbird bird heard pre-dawn at Clunes (Movement V) employs the whole-tone scale and inspired a simple parallel chord accompaniment in the same scale.
The title is a reference to the Wallace Stevens' poem "Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Blackbird" (1917), which has inspired many musical compositions including a song setting by the Australian composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks.

Work Details

Year: 2005

Instrumentation: Piano.

Difficulty: Medium


Resonate article: A lifetime of engagement with Australian music by Michael Hannan


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