Celebrating the Hermit Thrush 

If there were rock 
And also water 
And water 
A spring 
A pool among the rock 
If there were the sound of water only 
Not the cicada 
And dry grass singing 
But sound of water over a rock 
Where the hermit-thrush sings in the pine trees 
Drip drop drip drop drop drop drop 
But there is no water

- TS Eliot, The Waste Land 

What seas what shores what grey rocks and what islands 
What water lapping the bow 
And scent of pine and the woodthrush singing through the fog
   .         .         .         .         .
What seas what shores what granite islands towards my timbers
And woodthrush calling through the fog

- TS Eliot, Marina

Hermit Thrush at Morn Amy Beach Joseph Smith Pianist

Hermit Thrush At Eve, Op. 92, No. 1 (Amy Beach) 

Joy Morin plays Amy Beach: A Hermit Thrush at Morn, Op. 92 No. 2 

Amy Beach: A Hermit Thrush at Eve (Lisa Yui)



From: Rickard A. Parker <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 5:40 PM
Subject: OT - hermit thrush piano pieces (was: Re: OT - the sound of the cicada (they're loud))

5) Here's the almost on topic bit. 1922 was a good year for hermit thrushes
in the arts. There was Eliot's "Drip drop drip drop drop drop drop" and Mrs.
H.H.A. Beach (aka Amy Beach) published two works mimicing the hermit thrush
that she wrote the previous year, "The Hermit Thrush at Eve" and "The Hermit
Thrush at Morn."

Here is a description from

The title "Two Hermit Thrush Pieces" is our convenient label referring to
the two pieces about a hermit thrush written by Amy Beach in 1921 and
sharing the same opus number. She had established herself as among the most
often performed of American composers, male or female, but was already
becoming something of an elder spokeswoman of a generation whose music was
rapidly going out of fashion. In 1921 she stayed for the first time at the
MacDowell Colony, an artistsı and musiciansı retreat in Peterborough, New
Hampshire. The melody of these two pieces was provided by a "most voluble
thrush." She noted his song on paper, and began playing it back to him. The
bird would answer, and they had a "conversation" in this manner. She then
used the tune as the basis for these two charming pieces. The "Morn" piece
is bright in tone and pictures the birdıs exuberant flight. The "Eve" piece
is cloudy and twilit in mood, and gets darker as it goes on. 

A search on Youtube for "Amy Beach" and "hermit thrush" will bring up a
number of performances.

  Rick Parker