Mots d'heures: gousses, rames : mezzo-soprano voice with piano
by Lawrence Whiffin (1994)
Also known as: Mother goose rhymes
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Library shelf no. 783.67542/WHI 2 [Available for loan]
Mots d'heures: gousses, rames; The d'Antin Manuscript published by Luis d'Antin van Rooten in 1967, is purportedly a collection of poems written in archaic French but is in fact a number of English nursery rhymes written homophonically in nonsensical French posing as surreal poetry.
Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano, piano.
Duration: 11 min.
Contents note: Nine songs based on imitation French surreal poetry. Jane Mannings, who gave the work's first performance, has described the songs as 'very witty'. In fact, humour was the intention of the poetry written by two American academics and the music attempts to match the poetry.
Text from The d'Antin manuscript, edited and annotated by Luis d'Antin Van Rooten.
A musical spoof.
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