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Fallen Sparrow

from Fallen Sparrow by Barry Schrader

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The idea for Fallen Sparrow came to me one cold winter day as I was cleaning up around the outside of my house. In front of the dryer exhaust I found a dead sparrow that had made a little nest out of the lint that had come from the exhaust vent. I was touched by the attempt of this small creature to seek shelter and create some comfort for itself as death approached. How like all higher creatures the final actions of this fellow wanderer had been. As I carried the still, nesting body to its final resting place, I imagined what might have been the sparrow’s thoughts as it lay dying. I envisioned the bird thinking of its first spring, a time of birth and great activity, all of it new and exciting to the young sparrow. I considered the remembrance of one special evening when the fading light gave way to the sights and sounds of a mystic night. And, of course, I speculated that the most wonderful of avian abilities, that of soaring flight, would be among the last thoughts of the dying bird.


from Fallen Sparrow, released May 23, 2006
Mark Menzies, violin


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Barry Schrader Los Angeles, California

Schrader's compositions for electronics, dance, film, video, mixed media, live/electro-acoustic music combinations, and real- time computer performance have been presented throughout the world. In 2014, he was given the SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a member of the Composition Faculty of the CalArts School of Music from 1971 to 2016. His web site is <barryschrader.com>. ... more

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