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The Birds of the Air

The Birds of the Air
An Evocation in Three Movements for Orchestra with optional Prepared Piano
Date of composition 1971
Opus number 59
Type of work Concert music
Duration 10 mins
Musical forces Orchestra: (2)/Piano (optionally prepared)/Strings
School Suitable for use in schools
Commissioner Liverpool Education Authority
Publication status Manuscript
Notes Written for the Liverpool Schools’ Junior Orchestra; based on Songs of the Birds by Walter Garstang; movements are: 1. Dawn (Sunrise); 2. Day (Morning – Noon – Afternoon); 3. Dusk (Sunset)


…exploited nature sounds imaginatively without for once evoking the name of Messiaen in the listener’s mind.

Stainton Taylor, The Liverpool Echo, 5th July 1971