Barbara Croall talks about her Pipigwan performance before and during Haydn’s Symphony No 6 in D major “Le Matin”, on Sunday, November 24, 2019, with the Toronto Mozart Players, led by conductor David Bowser, and some talented guests. Tickets and information here.
NIIBNA BNESHIINYAG (MANY TINY BIRDS)
The songs of the tiny birds influenced Haydn in his own musical creations, and likewise this is true of many composers around the world. To learn to play the pipigwan, as Nishaabeg we are told to simply listen to the birds as our teachers, as they were the first singers who taught us how to sing and how to make our flutes sing, too. I also heard the Maria Callas learned to sing so expressively and elaborately by listening to birds and singing back to them. We also do this with the pipigwan, to talk with the birds.