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The Music of Wild Birds: An Illustrated, Annotated, and Opinionated Guide to Fifty Birds and Their Songs

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One hundred years ago, F. Schuyler Mathews, an erudite naturalist and birder, theorized that birds sing first for love of music, and second for love of the lady. To expand on his theory, he actually scored the songs of birds in the wild. His charming text and bird-by-bird annotations were compiled into a guide called Field Book of Wild Birds and Their Music. This extraordi ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 5th 2004 by Algonquin Books
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Judie
Jul 09, 2014 Judie rated it it was amazing
You don’t have to be a musician to appreciate this book, though being one would bring even more understanding and pleasure.
Based on a 1902 study of wild bird songs, Judy Pelikan has adapted the original book and added wonderful illustrations of fifty birds as their songs are thoroughly analyzed as musical compositions. The analysis is presented in several forms ranging from basic dots (Cuckoo: .. .. ... .. ... ..; Flicker: .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)to full musical scoring. Often lyric
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GoldGato
Jan 29, 2012 GoldGato rated it it was amazing
F. Schuyler Mathews was a 19th-century composer who became so adept at actually listening to the songs our feathered brethren sang, that he wrote them down as musical compositions. In this book, there are fifty of his compositions along with gentle watercolours by Judy Pelikan, a breathtaking combination.

Did you know that the Nashville Warbler's song can be heard in Rossini's Carnovale? I've never seen or heard that bird, but I know the music, so I was pleasantly surprised. However, I do know th
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