To Paint the Portrait of a Bird was commissioned by the baritone Christopher Underwood in 1979, and was included in his series of recitals of French song in the following year.
The words are based on Pour Peindre le Portrait d'un Oiseau by the French poet Jacques Prévert. Although most of the song is in English, the French language has been used for certain phrases where this was considered to be more euphonious.
The price includes separate copies for the singer and the flautist, with prominence given in each copy to the performer's own line. (The example below is from the voice copy.)
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