Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Birds in Haiku

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Birds in Haiku

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GOLDSTEIN, SYLVIA. BIRDS IN HAIKU. Words by the composer. Sylvia Goldstein, 2005. Traditional keys; C^sub 4^-E^sub 5^; Tess: M; regular meters; varied tempos; V/E-M, P/E-M; 33 pages (1-3 pages each). Medium voice.

Totally different from the classical haiku settings of Vivian Fung are these humorous settings of the composer's own haiku in English on the nature of birds-all kinds of birds. Sylvia Goldstein composed this set of songs for mezzo soprano and piano to be performed at the Musical Club of Hartford (CT), where they were indeed sung and warmly received. Light musical fare is always appreciated in various venues, whether in contrast to more serious repertoire that makes heavier demands on the attention of the listeners or simply to be performed for fun in an informal setting. These short songs would serve either purpose.

A glance at the titles reveals the following inventory of birds or things closely related to birds: the exotic Bird of Paradise, the sparrow, the parrot, the swan, a worm escaping a bird, the penguin, the oak tree that holds many bird nests, the ostrich, the golf "birdie," the woodpecker, song birds, the night shift worker called "Night Owl," the bird that inspired the flight at Kitty Hawk, twenty-four blackbirds, and an owl (and the cat). …

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