Many composers have been influenced by birdsong. Mozart treasured the songs of his pet starling, even giving the bird a ceremonial funeral. David Matthews, one of Britain's leading composers, has always been interested in the incorporation of the natural world into his music, recently even including birdsong in some recent compositions. This lecture will offer an opportunity for reflection on the relations between music and the natural world and how a composer can be brought closer to one through the other and vice versa.
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