Inspired by a talented friend's painting called "Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks," Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky wrote a piano piece as part of his famous work Pictures at an Exhibition. The composition was later orchestrated by Maurice Ravel. Have you ever watched a baby bird peck its way out of its shell? The determination to break through is astounding.
Music Inspired by Chicks Hatching
Ballet des Petits Poussins dans leurs Coques
Written by Nancy Rumbel
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Have you ever watched a baby bird peck its way out of its shell? The determination to break through is astounding. Now imagine two famous composers writing and orchestrating a piece that reflects that desire to be born. [Continue with Bronfman performing the piano version]
Inspired by a talented friend’s painting called Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks, Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky wrote a piano piece as part of his famous work “Pictures at an Exhibition.” The composition was later orchestrated by Maurice Ravel. [Pictures at an Exhibition: Ballet des Petits Poussins dans leurs Coques – orchestrated by Maurice Ravel and performed by the Chicago Symphony, conducted by Carlo Maria Guilini]
Listen as instrumental “colors” from the orchestra enhance the pecking rhythms, the scurrying tempos, high pitched peeping sounds, and the baby birds’ eventual freedom. [Continue with Ravel’s version] Isn’t it amazing how music can so beautifully interpret this emergence of life?
You can watch baby birds hatching, on our website, birdnote.org [Go out with Ravel’s version….]
Musical selection from “Pictures at an Exhibition: Ballet des Petits Poussins dans leurs Coques – Scherzino," performed by Yefim Bronfman with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
BirdNote's theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and produced by John Kessler.
© 2015 Tune In to Nature.org March 2017/2018/2020 Narrator: Michael Stein
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