• Richard Rodney Bennett
  • Six Tunes for the Instruction of Singing Birds (1981)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)

Commissioned by Lady Margaret Douglas Home

  • Flute
  • 8 min

Programme Note

First performed on 15th August 1981 by Susan Milan.

1. For the starling
2. For the woodlark
3. For the canary
4. For the bullfinch
5. For the East India Nightingale
6. For the starling

‘Choice observations and Directions Concerning ye Teaching of all sorts of Singing birds after ye flageolet and flute, if rightly made as to size and tone ... with Lessons properly composed, within ye compass and facility of each bird.’ - The Bird Fancyer's Delight (1717)

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