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Birds and a Steam Train in the Catlins

for piano

Year:  1991   ·  Duration:  3m 15s

Year:  1991
Duration:  3m 15s

Composer:   Anthony Ritchie

Films, Audio & Samples

Anthony Ritchie: Birds and ...

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1-2 (from 'First Fifteen: a selection of piano music by NZ composers')

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This piece was written in 1991 for Ann Saslav. It is based on an imaginary scene from years ago when a railway branch line went through native bush in the Catlins area of NZ. The motif at the start is a bird-call the composer heard in the area, and it is juxtaposed against the slow movement of a steam train against a bushy backdrop.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Isador and Ann Saslav

Difficulty note

Grade 7 or 8

Performance history