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Olivier Messiaen, the French organist & composer, incorporated bird song into his music. Today I began practicing 2 Bach preludes & fugues, continuing w/2 Messiaen preludes (#’s 7 & 8). Several minutes into the Messiaen, I noticed a bird singing. I happened to stop playing, looking more closely @ the score for a minute. The bird stopped too!

When I started again, the bird sang. Then I stopped again, & so did the bird.

Well, that was too much fun to leave alone, so I conducted a brief experiment, playing & stopping, playing & stopping, 4 or 5 times in succession. The bird sang along, then stopped, every time.

Hysterical! I loved it. We’ll see if there’s a repeat performance tomorrow! : )

Total practice time ~ 2 hrs.

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