III. Pavo “The Peacock” (2013)

III. Pavo “The Peacock” (from “Starbirds”)

Dignified and proud, extravagantly colored, arrogant, obnoxious sounding calls – the peacock is a truly absurd creature. With whines and shrieks present through, the jazz-inflected piece shifts between pompous and stately tones, with the inclusion of a satirical pavane midway that evokes the ridiculous nature of the peacock’s courtship ritual dance.

Premiered on April 28, 2018 by Seulki Lee (cello) and Jared Beu (piano) at Jessen Auditorium, University of Texas at Austin.

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