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Beautiful birds (trios: flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone)

by Gerard Brophy (2019)

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Digital Audio Album

Songbirds / Ensemble Offspring.

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Work Overview

Beautiful Birds showcases birds' characteristics in 3 distinctive movements -
I. Lyrebirds - skittish, quirky birds with a mischievous temperament and an astounding penchant for mimicry;
II. Flamingos - elegant, stately yet slightly melancholic creatures;
III. Hummingbirds - fluttering, quivering souls flitting from one gorgeous blossom to the next.

Written for Ensemble Offspring, Beautiful Birds is a true exploration of the trio's virtuosity. In this epic three movement work an array of joyous bird calls are interwoven into dexterous lines. While Lyrebirds establishes the piece as a highly energetic celebration of sonic colours, Flamingos explores delicious and still moments of quiet conversation between the three instruments. The piece finishes with Hummingbirds, mimicking the bird's fast yet ever changing humming in an impressive display of swift-flying unison lines.

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: Flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Lyrebirds (c4:01) -- II. Flamingos (c5:23) -- III. Hummingbirds (c5:56).

Dedication note: For Lamorna, Jason and Claire

Commission note: Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring.. Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring’s Noisy Egg Creation Fund


Performances of this work

28 Oct 2023: at Songbirds | Brisbane Music Festival (FourthWall Arts). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

9 Feb 2022: at Songbirds (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

6 Aug 2020: at Songbirds at Old 505 (Old 505 Theatre). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

27 May 2020: at Ensemble Offspring (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

12 Jan 2020: at Ensemble Offspring: Birdsong at Dusk (Q Station, Manly). Featuring Ensemble Offspring.

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