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Nonsense Music

for mezzo-soprano and piano

Year:  2006   ·  Duration:  3m 30s

Year:  2006
Duration:  3m 30s

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Five short song settings of five nonsense poems (three anonymous, two credited), which reflects my childhood in New Zealand. In colonial countries, a love of the absurd and the enjoyment of wordplay are paramount – an inheritance from Great Britain. The genesis of this work, 'Sylvan Catch', was written as a student assignment in 1987. All the other songs were written on one day in September, 2006.

Contents note

  1. A Man Who Wasn't
  2. Sylvan Catch
  3. Peas with Honey
  4. One Fine October Morning
  5. A Little Bit Wrong

Text note

  1. Anon.; 2. Ben Johnson (1616); 3. Anon.; 4. Anon.; 5. D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1864)

Performance history

05 May 2007: Performed by Catharine Carew (mezzo soprano) and Matthew Davidson (piano) at Piccolo Studios in Montreal, Canada