"Mr. Baley's own 'Sculptured Birds' was also austere and experimental — the piano was rattled and strummed, and the clarinet imitated a wind tunnel — but it put these devices to much more musical ends."
— Tim Page, The New York Times
"Baley's own 'Sculptured Birds' — the first movement, 'The Jurassic Bird,' composed in 1979; 'Eagle;' 'Bird in the Glide;' and 'The Nightingale' added in 1984, for Mr. Powell — struck deeply. The imagery was keen the musical thought original."
— Andrew Porter, The New Yorker