Symphony of the Birds

This stunning “symphony” is pieced together from bird calls recorded by Jerry and Norma Stilwell. Jim Fassett then overlayed the sped-up and slowed-down calls to simulate the varied timbres of an orchestra. The work is divided into three parts–Andante e lirico, Buffo, and Misterioso–and premiered on Fassett’s Sunday afternoon CBS radio program. Messiaen would have been a fan…

Symphony of the Birds, Ficker, 1960

A strong supporter of classical music, Fassett worked in radio and as music critic for The Boston Herald for much of his life. In 1942, he became musical director for CBS, a position he held until 1963.  During his career, he released three other delectable albums. Choose your adventure below!

Strange to your Ears, Columbia Masterworks, 1955

Scandinavia, Columbia Masterworks, 1956

And my personal favorite…

Hear the Animals Sing, Harmony, 1959

Bonus tracks: hear legendary voice actor and hep cat Ken Nordine exalt the colors of the rainbow. It’s pure imagination.

Green

Yellow

Purple

Maroon

Magenta

Cerise

Beige

White

Orange

Brown

Ecru

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