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Was Beethoven inspired by birdsong?

A project by a Carrick on Shannon student shows that the classical maestro may have taken much inspiration from nature.

BIRDS MAY HAVE played a role in how music evolved around the world – and a famous classical composer might have taken more than a little inspiration from them.

Patrick Sweeney from Carrick on Shannon Community School wanted to find out more about the origins of music for his BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition entry.

He discovered along the way that the songs sung by migrating birds could connect both music from Ireland and parts of Africa.

But what he also found out was that birdsong has a very interesting connection to classical music:


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