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Robert Peate

The Unknown Bird
Robert Peate The Unknown Bird

for oboe/cor anglais, horn, contrabassoon, harp, violin and cello

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This piece is a response to the poem by Edward Thomas of the same name. After I had made a number of unsuccessful attempts to set the poem, I eventually settled on the idea of writing a purely instrumental response to the text.

In the poem Thomas describes the memory of a distant and unfamiliar three-note birdcall, which grows to represent a combination of characteristically subtle and personal themes, least of all a sense of hindsight mixed with self-doubt, famously captured in Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken.

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Composer Robert Peate
Year of Composition 2010
Instrumentation Oboe/Cor Anglais, Contrabassoon, Horn in F, Harp, Violin, Violoncello
Duration 7'30"
Student Difficulty N/A

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