The broom, the shovel, the poker and the tongues

Composer
Year of composition
1997
Lyricist
Edward Lear
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
5 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Choir
Instrumental parts
Not available

A choral work with piano accompaniment setting one of Edward Lear�s nonsense poems. It may be performed by four solo voices (representing the four characters) or a chorus. The actual words of the characters could also be sung solo within a choral performance. Much word painting is used as well as mood painting. The ostinato represents the horses trot; the trill near the end represents a simmering kettle; 'Crashes� and �bangs� are all portrayed in the piano part; the colour black is represented by the black notes on the keyboard and the colour blue by chromatic harmony with �blue� notes.

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