Grade 1.5 - Bin Chicken Ballet

Composer: Kara Williams

Grade: Grade 1.5

Category: Wind Ensemble

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Sale price$80.00 AUD

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Score and Parts PDF delivery. Duration 3:25 min


Due to its opportunistic scavenging habits and prolific numbers in and around urban parks, rubbish dumps (tips), garbage bins, cafes, and restaurants; the Australian White Ibis is locally known as the 'tip turkey', the 'dumpster diver'; or, most commonly: the 'bin chicken'! 

The idea for Bin Chicken Ballet presented itself sitting in a restaurant outdoor area as the patrons having lunch were unwittingly entertained by two pairs of these 'un-pretty' bald-black-scaly headed, beady-eyed, dirty white feathered, duck-sized birds with elongated bony black-skinned legs performing what seemed to be an ungainly (and rather raucous) courting dance of sorts - the rear of each pair squawking at and pecking at the other in tandem as both pairs performed a circuitous ritual around the paved street in front of the restaurant in the middle of Sydney's Kings Cross. - Kara Williams


Flute, Oboe and/or Flute 2, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Horn in F, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium (or other bass clef C instrument), Tuba (covers bass clarinet) and/or Bass Clarinet (covers tuba)

Timpani x2 C/Bb/G & Eb (Timpani x3 G C/Bb & Eb)

Percussion I Snare Drum & Bass Drum

Percussion II Suspended cymbal (felt mallets) Woodblock & Tambourine

Percussion III Triangle & Ratchet (or scrape a guiro back and forth fast) 




Additional optional parts:

Optional Clarinet 2 (easier part - covers some alto sax)

Optional Alto saxophone 2 (easier part - covers some tenor sax/horn in F) 

Optional Trumpet 2 (easier part - covers some horn in F)

Optional Bassoon (mix of euphonium, horn in F and tenor sax parts) 

Optional Baritone saxophone (covers the euphonium part) 


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