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William Hamilton Bird (c.1750-1804) Oriental Miscellany - Airs of Hindustan / Jane Chapman, harpsichord

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  1. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 4, Rekhtah - Mutru be khoosh nuwa bego $0.99 on iTunes
  2. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 1, Gat $0.99 on iTunes
  3. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 2, Rekhtah - Sakia! Fusul beharust $0.99 on iTunes
  4. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 3, Tuppah - Kia kam keea dil ne? $0.99 on iTunes
  5. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 22, Tuppah - Deem tere na? $0.99 on iTunes
  6. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 5, Tuppah - Ouwal keh mura buh isht razee kurdi $0.99 on iTunes
  7. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 6, Rekhtah - Soonre mashukan! be wufa! $0.99 on iTunes
  8. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 7, Rekhtah - Ky bashud! O ky bashud! $0.99 on iTunes
  9. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 8, Tuppah - Hi purri chehreh! $0.99 on iTunes
  10. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 9, Terana - Autese boli, bundoo! $0.99 on iTunes
  11. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 10, Rekhtah - Gid a Shumba $0.99 on iTunes
  12. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 11, Rekhtah - Susha myra bear $0.99 on iTunes
  13. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 12, Tuppah - Dande kala $0.99 on iTunes
  14. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 13, Terana - Dandera vakee $0.99 on iTunes
  15. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 14, Tuppah - Toom ko sum shouta $0.99 on iTunes
  16. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 15, Rekhtah - Mera peara ab ia re $0.99 on iTunes
  17. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 16, Tuppah - Kan ja kia $0.99 on iTunes
  18. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 17, Rekhtah - Quo e? fera que sutke $0.99 on iTunes
  19. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 18, Rekhtah - Shisheh bur shrub $0.99 on iTunes
  20. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 19, Terana - Ya laum, ya laum $0.99 on iTunes
  21. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 20, Rekhtah - Dil me danme lea re $0.99 on iTunes
  22. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 21, Rekhtah - Mera mutchelli! $0.99 on iTunes
  23. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 23, Rekhtah - Hi bibbi mon karalla $0.99 on iTunes
  24. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 24, Tuppah - O! yaar O! $0.99 on iTunes
  25. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 25, Rekhtah - Ley chila re $0.99 on iTunes
  26. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 26, Tuppah - Piar mera soon $0.99 on iTunes
  27. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 27, Raagney - Mun shuma $0.99 on iTunes
  28. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 28, Rekhtah - Dandie‚Äôs song $0.99 on iTunes
  29. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 29, Rekhtah - Mooni bibbi nochare $0.99 on iTunes
  30. The Oriental Miscellany — The Oriental Miscellany: No. 30, Rekhtah - Rewannah kisty $0.99 on iTunes
  31. The Oriental Miscellany — Sonata for Harpsichord & Flute: I. Allegro Maestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  32. The Oriental Miscellany — Sonata for Harpsichord & Flute: II. Affetuoso $0.99 on iTunes
  33. The Oriental Miscellany — Sonata for Harpsichord & Flute: III. Minuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  34. The Oriental Miscellany — Sonata for Harpsichord & Flute: IV. Jigg $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bird, William Hamilton : The Oriental Miscellany
>Bird, William Hamilton : Sonata for flute & harpsichord
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Notes & Reviews:

Harpsichordist Jane Chapman explores The Oriental Miscellany - William Hamilton Bird's 1789 collection and arrangement of Hindustani airs for harpsichord. Bird's collection, the first ever publication of Indian music notated for Western instruments, also features his own Sonata, incorporating original Indian tunes with flute accompaniment (here performed by baroque flautist Yu-Wei Hu). "... one of Britain's most distinguished classical harpsichordists, with a repertoire that stretches from early music to contemporary avant-garde... a rule breaker." (WSJ)

Gramophone Magazine, August 2015
Harpsichordist Jane Chapman has taken liberties with the original source, and for the most part they are welcome... she has included extracts from another source [and] she is free with repetitions and ornamentation... if one is looking primarily for musical authenticity, she provides it in this sense: the recording captures the European delight in exotica, especially its liberating power on musical fancy.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
This is a major find, unexpected and charming, "perhaps the first work of East-West fusion", as the notes assert... The collection is full of catchy tunes, arranged to fit European taste, and it has interesting shifts between major and minor harmonies. I keep listening to it for pure pleasure.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Music Gallery at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, Londo (11/27/2014).



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>Bird, William Hamilton : The Oriental Miscellany :: Airs of Hindustan, for harpsichord
  • Performer: Jane Chapman (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Bird, William Hamilton : Sonata for flute & harpsichord
  • Performer: Jane Chapman (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical