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This group of songs for young performers returns to a topic close to most people's hearts: food! Following on from the sets Just Desserts and Garbage Delight, these five songs present a humorous and at times silly look at the subject. The first song sings the praises of rat as a lunchtime dish, and is one of two settings of the American poet Jack Prelutsky in this set. His poetry has been a regular source for my vocal settings for several years, and his work always abounds in humour and a slightly skewed view of life. The second song warns of the potential dangers of dining with a pig and its unpredictable table manners. The third song, the briefest of the set, gives another take on the story of Mary who 'had a little lamb'. The fourth song (the other Prelutsky text) tells of the joys of making fudge, and the potential for making a mess at the same time. The final song is about pie-making, but including some rather unorthodox ingredients. These songs are designed for young singers and use texts specifically written with young people in mind. The piano accompaniments are relatively simple. The pieces can be performed by solo voices or chorally in unison.
Suitable for youth
- Rat for Lunch!
- Never Take a Pig to Lunch
- Mary Had a Little Lamb
- A (Pretty) Good Recipe for Pie
Text by Jack Prelutsky, Susan Alton Schmeltz and Charles Wilkins