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Posted: March 31 2007 at 1:27pm | IP Logged Quote Helen

Forgive me if this is a little off the beaten track, but what about dedicating April to looking into music which incorporates bird sounds?

an article
by Larry Blakely. At the end he lists classical music which includes bird songs. (Perhaps bringing the list to the library, one can find a few examples of bird songs in classical music. )

Some of our favorites:
Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony – the pastoral.

Respighi Pines of Rome (Recorded Birds)

Bela Bartok’s Piano Concerto, I believe it’s in the 2nd movement, Bartok makes the piano sound like its singing “Drink your tea” like a towhee.

These are three pieces in completely different styles.

I found out about Bartok’s piano concerto from the interesting video from the library:
Bela Bartok After the Storm
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I almost didn't find out anything about Bela Bartok because this movie begins with close up shots of cricket like bugs. (They really looked like some other household bugs that I really can't bear to look at. ) The documentary picks up from there. (This video gave me the idea to look into bird songs in classical music.)

Bartok’s music is atonal. I’m beginning to understand what “atonal” music means. Video 5 of Bernstein’s the Unanswered Question is dedicated to the concept of atonal music. Bernstein uses a piece by a Connecticut composer, Charles Ives called the Unanswered Question to demonstrate atonal music.

Bernstein calls atonal music “a cold shower.” So, it is probably about as relaxing and soothing as a cold shower is. (You have to want and be ready for a cold shower.)

My husband recommended Lark Ascending by Vaughn Williams. This link has a short sample.

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Posted: March 31 2007 at 1:45pm | IP Logged Quote lapazfarm

Here is an interesting article about bird calls in music:
Mozart's Muse

And don't forget about Papageno et al from Mozart's Magic Flute! I just LOVE that one! Hear a program about it here.

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Posted: March 31 2007 at 3:18pm | IP Logged Quote marihalojen

What a neat idea, Helen!

I'll have to look for this recommended piece, it sounds !!!
Liszt, Franz (1811-1886), Hungarian; SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI PREACHING TO THE BIRDS, organ/piano, 1863

I found Songs About Birds at Parlor Songs. If you scroll down midway you'll find FUNERAL MARCH FOR THE PET BIRD by Peter Ijitch Tshaikowsky
(as they spelled it in 1913!) click on the cover of any of the songs and you can see the sheet music to play. Some can be printed I think. Parlor Songs also has several ways to hear the music too, (like Midi files).

There is a dozen or so songs related to birds at the first link, but I had to share the Funeral March as I've liked it ever since my sister played it to bury her Beta Fish at college. There were definite advantages to having her in the Mizzou Marching Band, you have to picture all the girls in great big hats swathed in black (boas from Halloween actually!) and the guys in crazy blazers marching slowly out to the burial plot to Tshaikowsky's tune blaring from the speakers propped up in the window and then breaking out their trumpets and saxophones and a clarinet to return in proper New Orleans Funeral style as interpreted by a bunch of young Mid-Westerners mourning the death of a fish.

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