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Title: Song of the Birds Composer: Catalan Song Popularized by Pablo Casals Instrument: Violoncello Edited By: David Geringas Instrumentation: Solo Pages: 1
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Song of the Birds is the Catalan folk song which became a signature piece performed by the great Catalan cellist Pablo Casals in recognition of the plight of refugees around the world. In recognition of this Casals was offered the United Nations Peace Medal in 1971, two months before his 95th birthday. At that occasion Casals made a speech in addition to performing Song of the Birds. As Casals said, “Birds sing when they are in the sky, they sing: 'Peace, Peace, Peace,' and it is a melody that Bach, Beethoven and all the greats would have admired and loved.” This version edited and arranged by David Geringas is for solo cello and a is a wonderful encore piece. Proceeds from the sale of this score will be donated to the UN Refugee Agency.
Click below to preview or purchase a recording of Casals performing this piece arranged for cello and orchestra.