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As small birds play

by Corrina Bonshek (2011)

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Performance by Jason Noble from the CD Chi's cakewalk

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Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Duration: 5 min.


Performances of this work

Unknown date.

20 Oct 2019: at Composer Portrait: Corrina Bonshek & Margery Smith (Annandale Creative Arts Centre). Featuring Ian Sykes.

12 Mar 17: featuring Ros Dunlop.

11 Mar 2017: at PLACE: Concert 2 (Articulate (gallery)). Featuring Ros Dunlop.

29 Oct 2016: at Sirius Chamber Ensemble: Birdsong (Christ Church, Lavender Bay). Featuring Sirius Chamber Ensemble.

Nov 12: Centennial Park, Sydney, 125th Anniversary launch. Featuring Sue Newsome.

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