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Garbage Delight

for younger singers and piano

Year:  1999

Year:  1999

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1,4,6 and 10

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These four songs follow on from the set Just Desserts written for young singers. Whereas that set used poems drawn from a set of readers for primary school students, the poems in this set are from diverse sources. They also present a slightly more jaundiced or darker view of eating and food albeit in a humorous way. The poems were written for young people, and the songs have been aimed at the same age group. The vocal ranges cover about an octave, avoiding extremes of high and low singing. The songs could also be sung as unison choral pieces.

The first song O Sliver of Liver is a heartfelt plea for a dreaded food to go away. Battle-hymn of the Ice-cream Connoisseur is a short poem about the lengths one goes to in order to enjoy a favourite food. The third song, I Ate Too Much, details the number of foods that have been stuffed in, but just maybe there's room for something extra after the main course! The final song, Garbage Delight, never actually tells us just what the food of the title is, but it's obviously something special – better than jelly, ice-cream, candy or even Toffee Surprise.

Difficulty note

Songs have range of about an octave

Contents note

  1. O Sliver of Liver
  2. Battle-hymn of the Ice-cream Connoisseur
  3. I Ate Too Much
  4. Garbage Delight

Text note

Text from O Sliver of Liver _ by Myra Cohn Livingston, _Battle-hymn of the Ice-cream Connoisseur by Adrian Mitchell, I Ate Too Much _ by Jack Prelutsky and _Garbage Delight by Dennis Lee