Well, Syd, we got a mocking bird in the neighborhood that sings
(among other songs and calls) the the first 8-note riff of
Beethoven's 5th interchanged with the warning signal of a bus turning
a corner...Doppler shift and all. Explain that one! Come next spring,
if he's still around, I'll try to record and post it.
>A non-recordist friend recently asked me in a letter whether birds ever
>imitated human music and whether composers ever copied bird-song. The
>latter I can answer at length, (having corresponded with Olivier Messiaen
>when h ewas alive), but not the first.
>There is a story of a lyrebird chick raised in captivity and learning to
>sing by copying flute music. He was later released and his "flute" songs
>were taken up by that lyrebird population. That's the story. It's been
>disputed. I think it probably did happen.
>But somewhere in the distant past, I'm sure I read of something similar
>happening in Europe. A Blackbird, maybe. And I think it was documented in
>some scientific journal. Can anyone help me please, with a reference?
>Syd Curtis in Australia
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