Rosalind Carlson

Australian Bird Suite for solo flute

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"Australian Bird Suite" for solo flute - 2001

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Rosalind Carlson lives on a five acre property in Arcadia (The Hills District, north-west of Sydney, Australia).  Here the native Australian birds that live and breed on her land have inspired this work.

Musical motifs represent the different birds.  Each motif for each movement is published at the beginning of each movement.  These motifs are suggestive of the various idiosyncrasies and characteristics of the birds being described musically.

The are six movements in the suite:

In 2002 the Australian Bird Suite was recorded on CD by the Sydney professional flautist Christine Draeger.

In 2005 the Flute Society of New South Wales set Movement 2 "Willy Wagtail and English Blackbirds" as the test piece for the 14 Years Championship in their Eisteddfod held in Sydney.

Australian Bird Suite was published in 2002 by Phylloscopus Publications - Lancaster U.K..  Musical Score and CD are available from Flexi-Fingers.  See order form.


In England:

In Germany:

In Belgium:

In Australia:

Many concert performances by the flautist Australian Jane Duncan as follows:

In Sydney, by the flautist Alexandra Stableforth:

In 23rd November 2008, at Mt St Benedict Convent Chapel, Pennant Hills, NSW, Australia, as guest artist Christine Draeger gave a live performance of this work.



The German Flute Society requested Elisabeth Most to write an article for the November 2008 Swiss Flute Magazine reviewing Rosalind Carlson's Australian Bird Suite.


The Australian Music Examination Board has listed the Australian Bird Suite in the 2013 Series 3 New Examination Flute Syllabus.

CDs and Scores are available for viewing at the library of the Australian Music Centre, including the above work.  Follow the link below for a complete listing of works by Rosalind Carlson available from the library:


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