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 fromhttp://www.allmusic.com/composition/the-hermit-thrush-pieces-2-for-piano-op-92-mc0002487317
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