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Blackbird song (trios: flute, clarinet, vibraphone)

by Kate Moore (2018)



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Digital Audio Album

Songbirds / Ensemble Offspring.

Work Overview

'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.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Alto flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone.

Duration: 10 min.

Written for: Ensemble Offspring

Commission note: Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring’s Noisy Egg Creation Fund

Performances of this work

19 Nov 2020: at Ensemble Offspring: INGUZ (National Art School (Sydney)). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

27 May 2020: at Ensemble Offspring (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

6 Sep 2019: at Gaudeamus Music Week: Ensemble Offspring (TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht)). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

16 Aug 2019: at Birdsong at Dusk (Wollongong Town Hall). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

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