Passenger Pigeon

Passenger Pigeon

from Spectral Spirits

Holly J. Hughes’ poem begins with an idyllic description of a male and female painted by James J. Audubon. The birds are only aware of one another. Then Holly opens up the skies as a backdrop to the masses of Passenger Pigeons that once filled the skies. And she proceeds to tell their story.

*“The Passenger Pigeon was the most abundant land bird on the planet.” But by 1914, the last Passenger Pigeon died in the Cincinnati Zoo. Her name was Martha. Like most species casualties, this one was human caused.

*Hope Is the Things With Feathers (2000, 2009) by Christopher Cokinos

Type: Choral
Voicing or Instrumentation: SATB divisi chorus

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Passenger Pigeon – Downloadable PDF
Passenger Pigeon – Printed Score
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Audio Credits: The Crossing; Donald Nally, conductor//Born//Navona Records 2022
Text Author/Source: Holly J. Hughes
Year Composed: 2019
Duration: 07:00

Listen while perusing the score:

  1. The Naming
  2. Passenger Pigeon

Perusal Score Passenger Pigeon March 2023

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