Clas­si­cal Yel­lowham­mer

Bird Watching (UK) - - Location North Norfolk -

I read your de­light­ful tribute to the Yel­lowham­mer which stated that the bird’s song “in­spired Beethoven’s Fifth”. How­ever, hav­ing lis­tened care­fully to Yel­lowham­mer song, I think Mozart was even more in­spired by this ‘coun­try ca­nary’. Lis­ten to the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute when she reaches her un­likely crescendo in “Der Hölle Rache”. The nine notes fol­low­ing the re­jec­tion of her daugh­ter are far closer to a Yel­lowham­mer song than the fa­mous four note ‘riff’ of Beethoven’s Fifth. David Hay­dock, Douai, France

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