Here’s little birdsong for the day - with too much reverb (One of my favourite Messiaen works! - Crazy but clever!), which I recorded way back in 2015! The original video was badly out of sync as a result of an unbelievably slow computer, but I’ve adapted the video here. Le Merle Noir ('The Blackbird') by the French Composer, Olivier Messiaen, was written and first performed in 1952. The composition originated in a commission for a test piece for flute for the Paris Conservatoire, at which Messiaen was a professor.
Messiaen had a lifelong interest in ornithology, particularly bird songs. During his walks into the fields, he would notate and transpose bird songs, later incorporating them into many of his compositions, such as Oiseaux Exotiques and Catalogue d'Oiseaux. He travelled extensively throughout the world, to find and record new species of birds.
In the words of Messiaen: "I give bird songs to those who dwell in cities and have never heard them, make rhythms for those who know only military marches or jazz, and paint colors for those who see none." -- Olivier Messiaen
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