The Injured Toad (Shirley, Nathan)

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Publisher. Info. Marsyas Music, 1998.
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Work Title The Injured Toad
Alternative. Title With its Side Ripped Open
Composer Shirley, Nathan
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. INS 19
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 piece
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1998
First Publication. 1998
Average DurationAvg. Duration 2 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation piano

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The Injured Toad was composed when I was 16. I had recently discovered the music of Satie and was really intrigued. The Injured Toad is stylistically very much inspired by some of his little oddities, particularly the Gymnopédies. As a teenager I spent a lot of time photographing and videotaping nature, and was especially interested in the strange dramas which unfolded between insects and other small creatures. This little piece depicts the tragic fate of one such animal. The subtitle reads, “with its side ripped open.”