Here's one more audioblog post where I introduce the main attraction, La Rousserolle Effarvatte, or the Reed Warbler. Be sure to check out this YouTube video to see the bird in action, and to compare its song to the interpretation in my performance.
"Modern performers seem to regard their performances as texts rather than acts, and to prepare for them with the same goal as present-day textual editors: to clear away accretions. Not that this is not a laudable and necessary step; but what is an ultimate step for an editor should be only a first step for a performer, as the very temporal relationship between the functions of editing and performing already suggests." -Richard Taruskin, Text and Act