Music inspired by bird song.
Bird song has inspired poets and musicians over many centuries.
Their communication with potential mates, rivals and predators became
music to the ears of most humans.
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The nightingale can sing up to 300 different songs. The canary breathes 30
times a second to replenish its air supply.
The Gamelan music of Indonesia has been compared to birdsong.
These are a few of the many pieces composed imitating bird song.
Please let us know if you know of any more.
– Sixth symphony, 2nd. movement. (Analysis and
- On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring. (Information)
String Quartet No. 12 ("American"), third movement.
- Le Chant des Oiseaux. (Information)
Joseph Haydn - The Seasons - (Oratorio)
Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf.
the End of Time.
The first movement Liturgy of crystal has
violin and clarinet explicitly imitating birdsong.
Also the third
Abyss of the birds.
- Magic Flute.
- Pines of Rome. (Analysis and
- Suite for orchestra, Gli Ucelli (the birds).
- The Lark Ascending.
Vivaldi - Four Seasons (Summer).
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
('Representatio Avium'), for solo violin. (Information)
"Love's Labours Lost" closes with the song "When daisies
pied," containing the lines "Cuckoo, cuckoo!' O word of fear, Unpleasing
to a married ear."
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