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Unpredictable but providential

1992; revised in 2007
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This piece is a take on those Elizabethan bird song pieces, with their ‘jug-jug, peewit’ refrains. The subtitle is ‘the arrival of a few summer migrants,’ and the text is a list of birds interspersed with a few words by Auden—‘Spring with its thrusting leaves and its jargling birds is here again’ (jargling is an archaic word often used to describe the sound of bells ringing). The music attempts, not too seriously, to imitate the songs of birds such as the spotted fly-catcher and the corncrake, in the latter case using a comb as a percussion instrument. The piece was commissioned by the Britten Singers for their inaugural concert in April 1991, and is dedicated to their conductor Stephen Wilkinson.

from notes by Judith Bingham © 2009


Bingham: Remoter worlds & other choral works
SIGCD144Download only


Track 13 on SIGCD144 [3'35] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD144 track 13

Recording date
1 February 2008
Recording venue
St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Michael Emery
Recording engineer
Marvin Ware
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  1. Bingham: Remoter worlds & other choral works (SIGCD144)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: November 2008
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