And Birds Do Sing
for orchestra

Jennifer Butler
Composition Date: 2010
Duration: 00:09:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 2 x Horn
  • 2 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:
And Birds Do Sing begins with a deep, restrained melody played by the lowest
instruments. This melody is surrounded by dissonant clusters, which together create a dense foundation that moves steadily, with little variation, underneath the entire piece.
The clarinet enters with a warning call, which then echoes throughout the orchestra. Initially, I planned for this piece to be taken over by these opening sounds of alarm, becoming continually darker and more desolate—a pessimistic response to the many challenges facing humanity in the 21st Century. But I began composing this piece soon after giving birth to my daughter Olivia, who is now just over one year old. With her influence I was pulled towards brighter and more hopeful sounds.
The ominous tone of the opening grows into a thick texture of overlapping, and often conflicting, melodies that suggest birdsong. Into this texture, I gradually weave short fragments from a tender lullaby I wrote for Olivia in the summer before she was born.
These fragments eventually grow into phrases, and in the end the complete lullaby emerges, played in an eight-part canon by the full orchestra.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 B985an
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 21, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (35 p.) ;
    35 Pages
    Height: 36 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 52
    18 parts (available for rent) ([52] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Flutes I & II
    Oboes I & II
    Bb Clarinets I & II
    Bassoon I & II
    Horns in F I & II
    C Trumpets I & II
    Violin I
    Violin II

    Commissioned by the Victoria Symphony
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