Scherze nach "Bunessan" - (2018)
Karin Bunk gewidmet
The 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 perhaps?
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.
5 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 score.
Scherze nach "Bunessan"