Songs from the Aviary [SCORE]
Songs from the Aviary
song set for soprano & piano
[2019, rev. 2020]
text by A.E. Wetherald
music by E.K.R. Hammell
Commissioned and premiered by Clarisse Annette Tonigussi, soprano.
known performances include:
-Rhian Merritt (Toronto, Canada)
-Shannon Scales (PEI, Canada)
-Kathryn Rose Johnston (Toronto, Canada)
-Clarisse Tonigussi (Toronto, Canada)
-Full Score PDF (SKU:EH0009A)
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6 songs, ca. 10 mins total
- the bird’s hour (part 1)
- the first bluebird
- the hummingbird
- the screech owl
- the chickadee
- the bird’s hour (part 2)
Songs from the Aviary is a song set comprised of several brief, yet distinct musical images of birds depicted in the poetry of Canadian poet, A.E. Wetherald (1857-1940).
Wetherald’s poems seem to evoke miniature scenes in which intense, fleeting moods suddenly arise from a brief shared moment she may have had with a particular bird. These intense, short bursts of character and personality are what I tried to highlight when creating these six songs.
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