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As small birds play

Digital Sheet Music [PDF]: Score

As small birds play : for bass clarinet [eScore] / Corrina Bonshek.

by Corrina Bonshek (2011)

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  • Instrumentation: Bass clarinet with optional backing CD.
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One of my favourite walks in Sydney's Centennial Park is the path through the densely wooded Lachlan Swamp. This piece is inspired by my experiences of sitting quietly amongst the Paperbark trees and listening to the birds and insects there. In the music, bird calls and the rapid, darting, bird movements are suggested through the lively variations of the main melody. This 'bird' music is balanced by held high notes and slow, free-flowing phrases that symbolise a kind of deep tranquility or contemplative silence that is so easy to slip into while sitting in nature. My musical expression of that stillness is, in part, influenced by Japanese Gagaku and its free-flowing, breath-length phrasing.

As Small Birds Play can be performed with a birdcall soundtrack that I recorded in Carpertee Valley NSW. This area is home to over 200 species of birds including the yellow faced honey eater and grey shrike-thrush that feature prominently in the recording.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (5p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 4 mins, 30 sec.

This work can be performed with optional backing track. A physical CD of the backing track can be ordered here, and a digital audio download of the backing track can be ordered here.

Includes progamme notes and performance directions.

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As small birds play
Score: As small birds play : for bass clarinet / Corrina Bonshek.

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CD: As small birds play - backing CD / Corrina Bonshek.

As small birds play - backing Audio
Digital Audio: As small birds play - backing Audio / Corrina Bonshek.

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CD: Chi's cakewalk : new works for clarinets / Jason Noble.

This work also exists as the following versions:
- Solo Clarinet


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