Music 367: The annoying kingfisher outside my window

Today’s posting is a piece of music for piano called “The annoying kingfisher outside my window”. In all probability the New Zealand native Kingfisher is a distinct species and hence would have a different call from kingfishers of other varieties in other places.

If you listen to this piano piece you might get some idea of the “untunefulness” of the New Zealand Kingfisher which I hear repeated ALL DAY!

This LINK HERE will take you to another page with links to my compositions of 2021 – including the new Kingfisher piece. Go there if you dare!

Tomorrow’s posting (Valentine’s) will be not a true story of love but a story of true love!

16 thoughts on “Music 367: The annoying kingfisher outside my window

  1. badfinger20 (Max)

    Sounds like your Kingfisher was dancing on the keys…and in rhythm! Put that bird on the stage!
    It sounds really good Bruce as always. If you lived near I would try to corrupt you and lure you into being a pop song writer.

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          My first teaching post was teaching mainly English at a High School. I had written a musical with a piano score only. The school had THREE very strong orchestras! The head of music said “Well, where is the orchestration?” So I set to and orchestrated it using Walter Piston’s book called “Orchestration” which I still regard as being excellent!

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          1. badfinger20 (Max)

            Three orhestras in one school? We had band and that is all. We did have 4 strong rock bands…independant of school…I was in one but not the same thing! I can’t get over 3 orchestras in one school!
            So the composing was born out of necessity in that case.

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            1. Bruce Goodman Post author

              I ended up being the head of music at the school – it was the largest high school music department in the country with 3 orchestras, 5 choirs and 17 music teachers! The school was famous for its rugby team!!

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              1. badfinger20 (Max)

                I assume just one rugby team? lol
                That is huge Bruce. I would understand a college…sorry University with that but a High School? Well it’s different over here and not always a good different. I think that is wonderfull. What a place to go to school with all of that music! I would have loved it. Does High School work the same way there? In other words are students bound to a certain school like here because of where they live? Sorry for the quesitons.

                Off topic…Bruce I emailed you a question a week or so ago… I’m thinking the question I asked was too stupid lol…I wanted to make sure it didn’t go in your spam folder…

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                1. Bruce Goodman Post author

                  I didn’t get the email Max. I get hundreds in the spam and never look! Half of them advertising Viagra – which I possibly don’t need! Send emails to bbgoodman@hotmail.com and I’ll get it.
                  The school had around 30 rugby teams (it was compulsory!) and soccer was scorned upon! In summer it was cricket. (New Zealand basically doesn’t get much snow so rugby was/is played 6 months of the year outdoors. There were a lot of self-formed bands in the school (but not official bands) and you’d hear all sorts of strange stuff like electric violins!

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                  1. badfinger20 (Max)

                    Ok I’ll forward the one I sent…I warn you ahead of time…it’s really a dumb question but you are the only one I know to ask. That doesn’t sound good to you does it? lol

                    30 Rugby teams…wow. What a huge school that was/is. That was an active school! The only person I’ve seen use electric violins is Charlie Daniels…now if you want to call it a violin or fiddle…it’s your choice. That sounds like an inspiring atmosphere to go to school in.

                    My son is “dating” a girl in Germany right now. It’s face time and yes…schools are different than here.

                    I told him a joke to him to tell her…. “I went to a Chinese-German restaurant. The food is great, but an hour later you’re hungry for power”
                    She didn’t get it.

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                    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

                      LOL! A fiddle is (usually) tuned one tone higher than a violin which makes the unique fiddle sound. Your son shouldn’t use his father’s jokes when it comes to dating!

                      It wasn’t too big a school – about 600 – all boys!

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                    2. badfinger20 (Max)

                      Ok…I was wondering about that! Why the instrument is called two different things. I didn’t know about the tuning…No he doesn’t use them anymore!

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                2. Bruce Goodman Post author

                  State schools have boundaries for their intake – but this was a Catholic School and could take students from anywhere but the school was entitled to take only about 5% of non-Catholic students (the Government in New Zealand pays for Catholic schools as well and therefore makes the stipulations). It was also a boarding school comprising many students who came from isolated farms. (A good reason to learn the oboe to play on a lonely hill!!!!!) So there was no local high school available to them. Rugby was an obsession – so the methodology was to get the captain of the top rugby team to also be the lead violinist in the top orchestra and everyone wanted to learn an instrument!!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks – it seems to have gone away during the day – although I still see 3 of them in the early mornings sitting silent on the fence watching to catch whatever it is in the grass that they eat! The all day 5 note loud call was indeed tiresome.

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