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Nature: Birds and Bees

I've gotten quite a number of requests to post (again) a compilation of
responses to my "Birds and Bees" program, that I'll oblige. The sheer
quantity of choral pieces related to birds is too much to be inclusive, so
this list will be selective.


Frank Bridge - The Bee (Boosey)
Wilbye - Sweet Honeysucking Bees
Dowland - It was a time when silly bees (both solo & choral song)
"Where the Bee Sucks" by:
Thomas Arne
Robert Johnson
John Banister
Frederick Ayres
Lukas Foss
Frank Martin (Songs of Ariel)
Diemer - Bee, I'm expecting you
T. Shelton - Bee
Alex. Broude - Like a bee and honey
Arlen, arr. Rutherford - A Sleeping Bee (from House of Flowers)
(Hal Leonard)
Porter, arr. Shaw - Let's Do It (Warner Bros)
Berger - Tale of a dog and a bee
Milner - Bee song-chorus
Stephen Chatman - Elizabethan Spring (Waterloo Press)
Matyas Seiber - Three Nonsense Songs (Novello)
Roy Ringwald, arr. - Flight of the Bumblebee
Mark Gresham - My cat has swallowed a bumblebee (Lux Nova Press)
Dello Joio - Of crows and clusters (Hal Leonard)
Lee Kessleman - Buzzings (Kessleman Press)
Bach, arr. Bishop - Queen bee sighed & Said the Bee to the Lion (Brichtmark)


Leroy - As tu point
Lennon - Blackbird
Encina - Cucu
Praetorius - Herzlich tut
Passereau - Il est bel
Morley - It was a lover
Gresham - As Kingfishers (Lux Nova)
Gresham - Repeat that
Hawthorne - Listen to the Mockingbird
Shchedrin - Lullaby
Banchieri - Contrapunto
Gottlieb - In the Jungle (from Presidential Suite)
Sherwin - A Nightingale Sang
medieval - Sumer is icumen
Janequin - Chant des oiseaux
Stanford - Blue bird
Weelkes - Nightingale, organ of delight
Eccard - Hort ich ein Kuckuck
Arcadelt - Il bianco e dolce Cigno
Gibbons- Silver Swan
Lemlin - Der Gutzgauch
Lassus - Audite nova
Ravenscroft - Three ravens
Vautor - Sweet Suffolk owl
Steffens - Der Kuckuck
Cooke - Hark, the lark
Danby - Nightingale
Smith - Under the greenwood tree
Chapman - She's like the swallow
Chapman - Three Ravens
Vaughan Wms - Turtle Dove
Gibbons - Dainty Fine Bird
Kutev - Dragana i slaveia
Shearing, arr. Rutherford - Lullaby of Birdland (Hal Leonard)
John Biggs - Birds (Consort Press)

'nuff said!

Kevin Kelly
Library Associate II
Music Library
School of Music
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-2712 (phone)
706-542-2773 (fax)
Email (kkelly(a)
on July 14, 2004 10:00pm
I have a "spring time" tune that I wrote, making reference, birds, bees, and the departure of Winter, to fast swing, jazz, open for instrumental solo, call and response skatting, and dancing. If anyone is interested, e-mail me at my webiste,

I can also send you a movie of my chorus performing it.

on September 15, 2004 10:00pm
I have a Bee piece for womens' voices and harp( or piano) that has a wonderful text. The poet's estate won't release it for publication, but you are welcome to perform it. I can send you a perusal copy of the score.
on August 6, 2005 10:00pm
My Two Poems by Emily Dickinson, published by Alliance Music Publications uses "The birds begun at 4 o'clock" as a second movement. It's for SATB and piano.

Emma Lou Diemer
on May 2, 2006 10:00pm