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Mots d'heures: gousses, rames : mezzo-soprano voice with piano

by Lawrence Whiffin (1994)

Also known as: Mother goose rhymes

Mots d'heures


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Mots d'heures : gousses, rames, for mezzo-soprano / Lawrence Whiffin.

Library shelf no. 783.67542/WHI 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 1994

Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano, piano.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

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.    

First performance: by Jane Manning, Kim Bastin — 1994. Glenn College Studio, La Trobe University

Text from The d'Antin manuscript, edited and annotated by Luis d'Antin Van Rooten.

A musical spoof.


Performances of this work

4 Dec 2016: at ASTRA Choir (Church of All Nations). Featuring Merlyn Quaife, Kim Bastin.

1994: Glenn College Studio, La Trobe University. Featuring Jane Manning, Kim Bastin.

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