From A Bird

Many years ago in the country south of Melbourne, Australia, I heard a honeyeater sing a song - as one does. The time was memorable because it had a very nice, simple rhythm with very precise musical notes: it was exactly as I put it at the beginning of the first of the four From a Bird pieces and it seemed to ask for a little development.

The only other title which has any meaning is Hello Francis, which is a homage to a dear friend and great African musician, Francis Bebey from Cameroon: in this I use one of his favourite rhythms, the makossa. The remainder of the titles are simply my effort to call the pieces something less boring than just numbers - except of course the Irish tunes, which are all traditional and well known.
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Hello Francis

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Prelude To A Song

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Open End

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Song Without Words

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Slow Change

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Notes in the Margin

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From A Bird (I)

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From A Bird (II)

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From A Bird (III)

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From A Bird (IV)

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Running Dog

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Day's End

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First Light

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Spring Tide

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Carolan's Concert

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The Little And Great Mountain

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The Bottom Of The Punchbowl

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Jackson's Morning Brush

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Fanny Power (Carolan)

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