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It's red and it's round and it weighs 5 ounces : soprano voice with piano

by Peter McNamara (2015)

Audio Sample

Performance by Wendy Dixon, David Miller from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 67.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 67.


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 67.

Library shelf no. CD 2734 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

It's red and it's round and it weighs five ounces, is a satirical and humorous song that uses as its lyrics a number of comments made by international cricket players to put off their opponents. This practice is known as 'sledging', and is particularly prevalent in cricket. Over the many years I have been a cricket umpire, I have been exposed to a great variety of sledging by players, often crude and abusive. Sledging can also however, be very witty, intelligent and even humorous, and I have chosen a selection of player's comments that fit this description.

A number of songs that have a close affiliation with cricket have been used as a starting point for some of the work's pitch material. These songs include Our Don, C'mon Aussie and Dreadlock Holiday (I don't like cricket). Quotations from these songs appear frequently, often simultaneously, and are varied from their original forms and developed particularly by using pitch inversions of the original melodies.

The sledges selected in the work begin with a number that were made by players, generally in chronological order beginning with bowlers and then by other players. The work then moves on to sledges made by non-players such as members of the crowd, commentators, and finally, one made by an umpire in the early 1900s.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Soprano, piano.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Challenging changes between spoken and sung sections for the vocalist, but easily performable otherwise

Written for: Grevillea Ensemble

First performance: by Wendy Dixon, David Miller at Grevillea Ensemble (3 Garden Place (private home)) on 13 Jun 2015

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Cricket, satire.


Performances of this work

13 Jun 2015: at Grevillea Ensemble (3 Garden Place (private home)). Featuring Wendy Dixon, David Miller.

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