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The Birds (concert version)

a comedic Singspiel for soloists, narrator, chorus, and orchestra

Year:  2018 Instrumentation:  2 flutes, 2 Bb clarinets, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, percussion (maracas, castanets, claves, triangle), congas, timpani, guitar, pianoforte, strings, chorus, soloists, narrator

Year:  2018
Instrumentation  2 flutes, 2 Bb clarinets, x...

Composer:   Andrew Perkins

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Rachel Le Rossignol's libretto is a modern interpretation of Aristophanes' "The Birds", set to music by Andrew Perkins. The themes covered in this comic Singspiel include the evils of corporate greed, media misinformation, corruption, war-mongering, depletion of the environment, pollution, deforestation, climate change, and the reestablishment of informed democracy, peace, and love.

In this version, the dialogue is replaced by narration (see full version here).

For a CD recording of this work, contact Bach Musica NZ.

Contents note

  1. Preludium
  2. Song of Corporate Greed
  3. Song of Destruction
  4. Building Song of Hope
    4b. Epops and Nightingale Interpolations
  5. Parade of the Birds
  6. Genealogy of the Birds
  7. Song of the Nightingale
  8. Hymn of the Birds
  9. Song of Commandments
  10. Duet - Iris and Good Hope
  11. Song of Attempted Invasion of Opportunists
  12. Prometheus' Warning and Advice Song
  13. Song of the Representatives of Earth's Evils
  14. Restored Harmony and Sovereignty
  15. Chorus of Harmony and Peace

Text note

Libretto by Rachel Le Rossignol, based on the play "The Birds" by Aristophanes