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Rachmaninoff's Etude-Tableaux op. 39, no. 2 acquired the subtitle "The Sea and the Seagulls" when Respighi orchestrated it. I'm not sure exactly how much Rachmaninoff contributed to that title, but he did talk with Respighi about the E-T's when they were orchestrated, and it is likely the image comes from Rachmaninoff or at least was approved by him.

By the way, a competitor in the Van Cliburn this year is playing a piece from Messian's "Catalogue d'oiseaux" - something of a departure from the usual for that competition.

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Messiaen's "Oiseaux exotiques" (exotic birds) is pretty damned cool! smile


And this Mozart's concerto is supposed to have something to do with a pet starling he had:


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With a Vogel piano, everything will be about birds!


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#5 and #10 from On an Overgrown Path by Janacek.


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Originally Posted by -Frycek
....The Cuckoo, old English/Appalacian folk song (one I learned as a child) The Cuckoo

I love that! I know it from Vaughan Williams using it nicely in his "Folk Songs of the Four Seasons (at 1:10 on on here).

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....And this Mozart's concerto is supposed to have something to do with a pet starling he had:....

I realized a lifelong ambition when my sister had us house-sit her bird and I had a chance to listen to that movement with the bird chirping. ha

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Fantastic responses! Thanks everyone! Mark_C those bird books are fantastic! Upon further research, the same guy also did a piano suite about raccoons. Haha! So great.

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Originally Posted by mermilylumpkin
Fantastic responses! Thanks everyone! Mark_C those bird books are fantastic! Upon further research, the same guy also did a piano suite about raccoons. Haha! So great.

Glad you like them, and even gladder that you were interested to look into what else he did! BTW there's also "Raccoons Book 2."

BTW, he loves animals. grin

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How about Ragtime Nightingale by Joseph Lamb, or Ragtime Oriole by James Scott?


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Originally Posted by mermilylumpkin


Do you know any interesting bird-inspired piano pieces?



How about Grieg, Little Bird from Lyric Pieces, Op. 43, No. 4

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Originally Posted by mermilylumpkin
I recently found this video really beguiling (Emil Gilels playing La rappel des oiseaux)


I was thinking how cool it would be to find an assortment of piano music that is about birds thematically. Like I thought of "La Colombe" (dove) by Messiaen and there must be a lots of others. Do you know any interesting bird-inspired piano pieces? If you want to kill some time on the internet, this is a cool article about Messiaen's bird fascination http://cburrell.wordpress.com/2008/05/09/messiaen-and-bird-song/

I sort of want someone to give a concert based around this theme.


I played this piece and LOVED it!!!


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Since chickens -by definition- are considered birds, well Haydn has his contribution:

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I'll never forget what my piano teacher said after playing these measures: obviously chickens!


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