Baroque organs sometimes have a playful effect register that imitates a bird, the Nightingale, Rossignol or Vogelsang. Unfortunately, we hardly find them in the Netherlands. Fortunately, imitating a soundscape with bird sounds in the church can also be done in another way. Older students can also take on a technical challenge to build a nightingale register themselves, based on the water flute.
There are original whistles that can be used to imitate birds. The Audubon Bird Call is a small instrument made of wood and metal. If the blade is turned around, the metal spindle with light pressure, sounds are created in which all kinds of songbirds can recognize some of their sounds. Combined with the acoustics of the church, this produces a fantastic effect. A few children play for “bird” and together with the organist they improvise, for example, a walk in the woods.
Organ literature with bird imitations, fits perfectly as a concert repertoire, such as:
Tips for the concert: