‘Birds and Their Gift of Music’ – by Delius Society member, Michael Green

Birds and Their Gift of Music: An exploration of music inspired by birds and birdsong
by Michael Green
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Published: July 2023 (YouCaxton)
Paperback: 328 pages
Price: £15.99 Kindle: £6.00
ISBN: 9781914424885

Michael Green is a member of the Delius Society, and as a previous vice-chairman lead the team which promoted the Delius sesquicentennial in 2012.

This authoritative account links the two worlds of birds and music to show the extraordinary influence that birds, through song and behaviour, have had on composers and musicians over the last millennium.

Over 1200 examples represent folk music, renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic and modern periods including, more recently, popular music and jazz.

Musicians are presented by country and the reader will find brief composer biographies, short descriptions of many of the individual pieces, which may be songs, instrumental, choral or orchestral, also references to the poetry which has inspired much of the music.

A series of invaluable appendices facilitates easy access to a wonderful world of discoveries.

Michael Green lives in North Norfolk where he is well known for his many illustrated talks on a variety of musical subjects particularly concerning birds.

He has devoted many years to researching his subject in the certain belief that this is a book which needed to be written and which will appeal to a wide reading international public of bird, music and nature lovers.

Cover painting and additional watercolours by Mark Glaister.