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thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird

a song cycle for countertenor, clarinet in B flat, 2 violins, viola and cello

Year:  2010   ·  Duration:  20m

Year:  2010
Duration:  20m

Alex Taylor

Composer:   Alex Taylor

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thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird is a musical setting of Wallace Stevens’s well-known poem of the same name. The cycle explores a range of musical textures and atmospheres, incorporating microtonal harmony and subtle timbral effects.

Contents note

13 movements

Text note

"Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" by Wallace Stevens

Performance history

22 Oct 2010: Performed by Thomas Woodfield (countertenor), Donald Nicholls (clarinet), Emily Bouwhuis (violin), Angela Suh (violin), Alex MacDonald (viola), Rachel Wells (cello), Alex Taylor (timebeater) at the Music Theatre, School of Music, Auckland University, in Auckland