Composers like conjuring birds and beasts in their music. Be amazed by the depictions of fish, wolves, bees and revealing spider suppers, aquariums and balletdancing chicks in this light-hearted realm of animal inspired music. Respighi's The Birds, written in 1931, is not only a tribute to composers of the eighteenth century, it vividly captures birdcalls of the nightingale and cuckoo. In the third movement, there's a portrayal of a feathery riot of clucking hens and in the fifth, hear the woodwind imitating cuckoo strine. Flanders and Swann take a much less subtle and narrative approach in their amusing Warthog and Portuguese-Man-Of-War. Sometimes, the composer, like Haydn in Symphony No. 82, is not attempting to sketch any fauna at all but a musical gesture like the deep grumbling drone in the first movement sounds so much like a bear that the work is nicknamed after the very animal it suggests.