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Pets 4 us : voice with piano

by May Howlett (2010)

Also known as: Four children's songs

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Performance by Thoroughbass from the CD Birch Tree

Birch Tree


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The Birch Tree : music based on folksongs / Diana Weston, Thoroughbass.

Library shelf no. CD 2942 [Available for loan]

Pets for us


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Pets for us : a cycle of song-stories for advanced voice and piano / May Howlett.

Library shelf no. 783.2542/HOW 2 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Nursery rhymes and songs for children seem to have gone out of fashion, which makes me sad. As a child much younger than my sisters, I spent a great deal of time observing my pets and other creatures living in our garden, and I was intrigued by stories and songs about them. Or about fairies and other legendary creatures, especially "The Green-Eyed Dragon", sung by international baritone, John Charles Thomas with all the gusto and imagination that made my eyes pop every time I heard it! So I thought to make a song-story about my garden to tell my young friends, and hope they find it as enchanting as I did.
It's especially fun if you pretend you're a dog or a cat, a lizard or a butterfly as you listen to the songs.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: Voice, piano (4th song for voice with flute or recorder, cello, and piano or harpsichord).

Contents note: 1. My Dog (2 min., 40 min.) -- 2. The Littlest Dragon (2 min., 40 sec.) -- 3. The Cat (4 min.) -- 4. Flutter-by my Butterfly (3 min., 40 sec.).

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