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There was a man lived in the moon : 20 traditional nursery rhymes

by Andrew Ford (2016, this version: 2015)

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Work Overview

These arrangments vary in instrumentation. Most are for one singer with two or three players and none is for the same combination of instruments, so in addition to being a set of nursery rhymes, the piece as a whole is an introduction to instruments of the orchestra. Individual songs can be performed in any order.

Work Details

Year: 2016, this version: 2015

Instrumentation: Soprano and/or baritone voices, flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet/bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano/harpsichord, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass.

Duration: 28 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Contents note: 1. Have you seen the Muffin Man? (voice, bass clarinet, bassoon, trombone) -- 2. Cock a Doodle Doo (voice, 2 violins) -- 3. Miss Polly had a Dolly (2 voices, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, side drum) -- 4. Lavender's Blue (voice, horn, bassoon) -- 5. Higglety Pigglety my black hen (voice, oboe, bassoon) -- 6. Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross (voice, harpsichord, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass) -- 7. The Tailor and the Mouse (voice, flute, clarinet, bassoon, tubular bells) -- 8. Incy Wincy Spider (voice, piccolo, bass clarinet) -- 9. Aiken Drum (voice, bodhran, violin, viola, cello, double bass) -- 10. Girls and Boys come out to Play (voice, harpsichord, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass) -- 11. On a Mountain Stands a Lady (voice, piccolo, side drum, cello, double bass) -- 12. Oranges and Lemons (voice, trumpet, trombone, tubular bells) -- 13. Hot Cross Buns (voice, harpsichord) -- 14. See saw, Marjorie Daw (voice, viola, cello) -- 15. I love little pussy (voice, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone) -- 16. Ding dong bell, pussy's in the well (voice, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tubular bells) -- 17. Little Boy Blue (voice, horn, viola, cello, double bass) -- Twinkle, twinkle, little star (piano) -- 19. Baa, baa, black sheep (voice, piano) -- 20. Rock-a-bye Baby (2 violins, viola, cello).

Commission note: Commissioned by ABC Classics

The album, There Was a Man Lived in the Moon, was released by ABC Classics. It includes nine more songs: seven original and two folk song arrangements.

Performances of this work

30 Apr 2017: at CIMF 2017: Dreaming Across the Horizon - Memories of Childhood (Ford) (Fitter's Workshop).

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