I have been writing more percussion music recently. Over a year ago I wrote a short piece for solo percussion based on the robin's song (Erithacus rubecula). To see a world... comes from a famous poem by William Blake Auguries of Innocence.
The poem goes on to say: 'A Robin Redbreast in a Cage \ Puts all Heaven in a Rage.' The success of this piece inspired a more recent suite for percussion ensemble based on Australian bird songs, and I may add more European birds to make extend the idea.
The Peckham Chamber Orchestra played a collaborative piece I contributed to last month. My music was only 32 bars lasting about two minutes, but I have extracted it, and you can hear it by clicking on the picture opposite - an engraving of Peckham in 1863.
Peckham was mentioned in the Doomsday Book (1087) where it is called 'Pecheha'. Peckham was a village with a farming community. Much of the land was used for growing crops and fruit and by the 18th century, Peckham was famous for its melons, figs and grapes.
When I went to the concert, I discovered that Peckham is not as rural as it used to be.
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