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Karin Bunk gewidmet
tune popularly known as "Morning has broken" and often recorded by popular
artists in these last decades is historically a traditional Gaelic melody,
which is traced back to Lachlan Macbean's Songs and Hymns of the Gael
(1888, and used with a number of variant texts. Apparently the melody comes
originally from the Isle of Mull in Scotland. The popularized, more
modern begins: "Morning has broken, like the first morning. Blackbird
has spoken, like the first
bird." What speech did that blackbird give? A song? A sermon? A scold
Given that Gaelic is not English, the German title for this little piece for
piano links to Karin Bunk's thought that I might write a work for her on
some favorite tune was a "jest." As is herein shown, this is not proven to
have been a jest. Yet there are jests within the conception of the piece, as
the lyric refers to that "blackbird" which "has spoken, like the first bird."
Blackbirds can be a noisy bunch, and unlike the musical references to such
as nightingales and other singing birds, the blackbird pales. The opening
gesture, therefore, begins with a lightly raucous call. Thereafter in a
number of variants, the melody is portrayed in various ways.
pages, circa 5' 45" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano
Scherze nach "Bunessan"