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bird, songs, seas : violin and cello duo

by Chris Williams (2017)

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Performance by Simone Slattery, Anthony Albrecht from the CD Where song began

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Work Overview

The music for 'bird, songs, seas' was initially a quasi overture for The Convict Monologues, imagining convicts arriving on Australia shores, with the sound of unfamiliar birds and the almost-memory of old folk tunes barely audible above the sound of waves.

This excerpt and arrangement of 'bird, songs, seas' was made for Anthony Albrecht and Simon Slattery when they were developing their musical project 'Where song began', inspired by ornithologist Tim Low's book of the same name. 'Where song began' is a musical celebration of Australia's birds and how they shaped the world.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Violin, cello.

Duration: 2 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Confident secondary students could easily play the work

Dedication note: Dedicated to Anthony Albrecht and Simone Slattery

Written for: Anthony Albrecht, Simone Slattery

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Tim Low’s book 'Where song began', Folksong, Nature music, Australia, Birds, Bird song


Performances of this work

14 Aug 2023: at Where Song Began (Adamstown Uniting Church). Featuring Bowerbird Collective.

9 Oct 2022: at Evenings with Birdsong Concert 2 (Elder Hall). Featuring Bowerbird Collective.

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