Y Deryn Du (The Blackbird)

by David Matthews

Description
piano quartet
Genres
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
First Performance
24.05.2000, Bath Festival, Guildhall: student ensemble
Availability

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Programme Notes

The Blackbird, for piano quartet, was written in 1998, and is based on the Welsh folksong Y deryn du. In the song the blackbird gives advice to a young man in search of a wife. After rejecting the first three of the bird's suggestions, he willingly accepts the fourth, the bailiff's daughter. So in this instrumental setting the tune appears, appropriately, four times: on the viola, then the cello, then the violin and piano in canon. David Matthews

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