Stuff and Nonsense

Year of composition
Charles Dibdin, Dr James Ball Naylor, J T Brown, George Canning, A D Godley, Vachel Lindsay
Difficult (Grades 7+)
15 minutes
Classical music
Instrumental parts
Not available

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This set of nonsense songs is an attempt to dispel the notion that choral music has to be religious or serious. The first song parodies the Englishman abroad with his poor linguistic skills - as does the ’Rogero’ song, where the incorrect pronunciation of the name Gottingen gives rise to some interesting rhymes. The second gently mocks the Dutch and their wurst (sic) treatment of our canine friends. ’On the Motor Bus’ is all a pun on Motor and Bus having similar endings to many nouns in Latin - almost every case ending is used, in both singular and plural. Part of the humour is perhaps in the need to Anglicise the Latin pronunciation to make the rhymes work. The final song, ’Two Old Crows’, is a take-off of the buzzing of a bee and the ’caws’ of a crow. The interspersed epitaphs and limericks parody Anglican chant.

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