To Paint The Portrait Of A Bird

2008

For: Chamber Choir (SSAATTBB), Piano & Percussion
Duration: 7 minutes

Written for Kingston University Chamber Choir, this setting of a poem by Jacques Prévert was an homage to Olivier Messiaen in what would have been his centenary year. It reflects his interest in birdsong and uses the octatonic scale - Messiaen's second mode of limited transposition.