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What key is your cuckoo in?

Will Fly 25 May 12 - 04:53 AM
GUEST,OldNicKilby 25 May 12 - 05:03 AM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 25 May 12 - 05:04 AM
Will Fly 25 May 12 - 05:19 AM
MartinRyan 25 May 12 - 05:30 AM
Steve Shaw 25 May 12 - 05:33 AM
The Sandman 25 May 12 - 06:06 AM
GUEST,Eliza 25 May 12 - 06:10 AM
GUEST,Eliza 25 May 12 - 06:11 AM
GUEST,JHW in the library 25 May 12 - 07:47 AM
GUEST,leeneia 25 May 12 - 05:38 PM
Don Firth 25 May 12 - 06:02 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 25 May 12 - 08:10 PM
GUEST,999 25 May 12 - 08:22 PM
GUEST,Big Ballad Singer 25 May 12 - 08:51 PM
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Will Fly 26 May 12 - 04:16 AM
JHW 26 May 12 - 05:01 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 26 May 12 - 06:23 AM
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GUEST,leeneia 26 May 12 - 10:57 AM
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Subject: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: Will Fly
Date: 25 May 12 - 04:53 AM

Our annual cuckoo is back - has been for some weeks anow - and has obviously not mated yet as he's singing like a good'un (and waking me up briefly at first light).

Anyway, his two notes are F# and D - best part of a D major. If you have one near you - any idea what key he's in?


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: GUEST,OldNicKilby
Date: 25 May 12 - 05:03 AM

Cuckoo? I have not heard yet alone seen a Cuckoo in 5 or 6 years , and I live and work in a village as well as spending a lot of time in the garden. Where have they all gone?


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 25 May 12 - 05:04 AM

We've only got seagulls here, Will.

But talking of Cuckoos - the one, the only, accept no pale imitations...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q8Ye58uL5o


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: Will Fly
Date: 25 May 12 - 05:19 AM

I'd heard that the cuckoo population was declining. Down here in Sussex we still have them - and skylarks - as well as seagulls. (I get to listen to quite a bit of Roland Kirk as well... :-).


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: MartinRyan
Date: 25 May 12 - 05:30 AM

Heard two or three yesterday as I cycled round Durrus and Aughinish near Kinvara in the West of Ireland - and one just down the (country) road from me over the past week or two. No idea of the key - must try recording and analysing it...

So no great sign of decline around here in recent years. Unlikely, however, that I'll ever have a repeat performance of one of my favourite birding moments: standing on the main road just outside Athlone, at 2 a.m. listening to a cuckoo calling on one side of the road and a conrncrake rasping on the other! Both, no doubt, trying to attract migrating females. Many years ago.

Regards


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 May 12 - 05:33 AM

The cuckoo in Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony sings C-A C-A C-A. At least it does in the period instrument version I just picked up from Youtube. Delius has B-G in "On hearing the First Cuckoo In Spring." Johann Strauss's "Im Krapfenwald'l" has F#-D#.


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: The Sandman
Date: 25 May 12 - 06:06 AM

ihad a cuckoo that was very doleful singing a minor third rather than a major third.
meadow pipits are in serious decline they were a favourite host bird for cuckoos.


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 25 May 12 - 06:10 AM

Heard a cuckoo last Sunday very early, outside our church. It seemed to me to be in a minor key, very mournful, just like yours GSS.


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 25 May 12 - 06:11 AM

By the way, this was in Norfolk, UK.


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: GUEST,JHW in the library
Date: 25 May 12 - 07:47 AM

My bonny cuckoo I'll tell you true
That through the groves I'll rove with you
I'll rove with you until the next Spring
And then my cuckoo shall sweetly sing

The ash and the hazel shall mourning say
'Oh bonny cuckoo don't go away,
Don't go away but tarry here
And sing for us throughout the year

Cuckoo, cuckoo, pray tarry here
And make the Spring last all the year'


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 25 May 12 - 05:38 PM

New World cuckoos have a different call, which sounds nothing like "cu-ckoo." My cuckoo clock from Germany goes D# - B. Hm, I guess that's part of a B chord.

I have had the good luck to see a yellow-billed cuckoo, which is shy and rather rare, two or three times.

Thanks for the poem, Jim.


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: Don Firth
Date: 25 May 12 - 06:02 PM

Not being a member of the Audubon Society, I don't know if we have cuckoos around here or not (the two-legged none-flying kind, yeah, an overabundance).

But there is one mechanical cuckoo who inhabits a malfunctioning clock. Every few hours, he sticks his head out the little door and says, "Can somebody tell me what time it is?"

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 25 May 12 - 08:10 PM

It is tremenous fun....

No matter the species...

To mimic a bird s call..no matter the continent...but the younger the fledgling...the easier.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle
trolling is fun no matter the species


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: GUEST,999
Date: 25 May 12 - 08:22 PM

"What key is your cuckoo in?"

Two doors.

1) Federal Reserve in New York and Ft Knox. Don't yet know where it's all gonna go, but if it's successful, we all go be filthy rich with cash and gold. Enough that we can open a shop and make rings, earrings and hoola-hoops for the high rollers. .

2) Plan B is see number 1.

3) Plan C is see number 2.

4) There is no Plan 3.

If it gets to Plan 3, we all go be in Leavenworth. So, no talk about this. Shusssssshh. Omerta. Nolo Contondre, to quote an ex-vice president. If it's good enough for bankers, it's good enough for me.


Just kidding.






Maybe.


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: GUEST,Big Ballad Singer
Date: 25 May 12 - 08:51 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwlOO8RG-og

Enjoy!


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: gnu
Date: 25 May 12 - 09:12 PM

Suibhne Astray & Big Ballad Singer... thanks for the links!

BTW... mine has been out of key for years. Had to send him flying. It's sucks but it happens. I can still listen to others and appreciate tho.


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: Ged Fox
Date: 26 May 12 - 03:55 AM

I read somewhere that the cuckoo's note deepens as the season passes, so that it's a tone or two lower at the end of the summer than it was at the beginning.


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: Will Fly
Date: 26 May 12 - 04:16 AM

That's interesting - I'll keep checking on my noisy little pal, who seems to like singing outside my window at 5am every morning...


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: JHW
Date: 26 May 12 - 05:01 AM

Shouldn't bird song be under BS ?


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 26 May 12 - 06:23 AM

How pecular JHW ... under what reasoning would you damn this lovly bird to the "lower regions"?

In its defence my I present before the clone and jury :

Edited from; AvianClassicalMusic - Birds in Tuxedos? by Larry Blakely www.csupomona.edu/~larryblakely/other/birdmusic.htm

Walther, Johann Jakob (1650-1717), German; SONATA NO 10 IN G (Imitation of the Cuckoo), for violin, cello, and organ. The cuckoo and nightingale feature in other of his works.

Kerll, Johann Caspar (1627-1693), German; a CUCKOO CAPRICCIO for keyboard, 1686

Pasquini, Bernardo (1673-1710), Italian; CUCKOO TOCCATA, keyboard

Vivaldi, Antonio (1678-1741); THE FOUR SEASONS, for string ensemble; bird songs, 1725; THE GOLDFINCH, flute concerto uperin, Francois (1688-1733), French; LES FAUVETES (warblers) PLAINTIVES, LE ROSSIGNOL EN AMOUR (the nightingale in love), LE ROSSIGNOL VAINQUEUR (the victorious nightingale), keyboard

Mozart, Leopold (1719-1787), German; SLEIGHRIDE, bird calls, 1756; TOY SYMPHONY, toy cuckoo whistle (also ascribed to Josef Haydn, but neither piece may have been a work of these composers)

Beethoven, Ludwig (1770-1827), German; SYMPHONY NO. 6, 2nd movement; cuckoos, nightingales, and quail, by a brook, 1808

Liszt, Franz (1811-1886), Hungarian; SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI PREACHING TO THE BIRDS, organ/piano, 1863

Saint-Saëns,Camille (1835-1921), French; CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS, 1886, Cuckoo, Swan and others

Delius, Frederick (1862-1934), English; ON HEARING THE FIRST CUCKOO IN SPRING, for small orchestra, 1912

Prokofiev, Sergei (1881-1953), Russian; PETER AND THE WOLF

Sorensen, Bent (born 1958), Danish ; BIRDS AND BELLS, Trombone Concerto,

Sincerely, Gargoyle

I humbley await your reply.


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: MartinRyan
Date: 26 May 12 - 07:02 AM

Or, to put it differently.....

If a discussion of key is enough to keep the cuckoo above the line, should we banish off-key singers to the nether regions? ;>)>

Regards


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 26 May 12 - 10:57 AM

Bill D., there are three kinds of cuckoo in North America,

mangrove cuckoo
black-billed cuckoo
yellow-billed cuckoo.

Here's a page where you hear the black-billed cuckoo. (You may have to scroll down to get to the PLAY button. ) The bird seems to think it is 23 o'clock.


listen

JHW, I don't think this thread belongs under BS. Threads about sound go upstairs.


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: Acme
Date: 26 May 12 - 11:48 AM

Gargoyle, you missed a favorite of mine, probably because there are no cuckoos in it, but I'll drop it here for good measure:

Rossini, Gioachino (1792-1868), Italian; LA GAZZA LADRA, melodramma (?), 1817.

It's a magpie instead of a cuckoo, but it is quite a charismatic magpie.

SRS


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: Paul Burke
Date: 26 May 12 - 04:20 PM

Until this week I hadn't feard a cucking huckoo for fifteen years. But - very briefly- one calling near Stourport on the Staffs and Worcs on Thursday.


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: Ged Fox
Date: 27 May 12 - 04:41 PM

Things you might hear in an English woodland (if you're not careful)

unpleasing to the married ear

The Cuckoo is a pretty bird


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Subject: RE: What key is your cuckoo in?
From: The Sandman
Date: 27 May 12 - 05:05 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGoYfU2-A54 that one is in a major, i may have recorded it in 1981, but i still remeber the key i did it in


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