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Catalogue for the Birds: Book 3

Jayne Parker
15 mins B & W Sound 16mm & video

Catalogue for the Birds: Book 3

Catalogue of Birds: Book 3, 'The tawny owl and the woodlark', is an interpretation of Olivier Messiaen's music for piano, played by Katerina Wolpe.

The imagery and music evoke the habitat and song of these nocturnal birds. Filmed in black and white, symbolic of the cycle of life and death, the owl is a harbinger of transformation, mediating between two worlds - the seen and the unseen, the physical and the spiritual. From the terror of night, the forest opens to grassland and we hear in the music, the transcendent song of the lark. JP.

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