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From "An Edward Lear Nonsense Alphabet".
All my nonsense alphabet songs are parodistic.
This one is in the style of a heroic Handelian French
Overture or Oratorio.
It suggests the Heron strutting, then soaring in flight.
The vocal part (to this one only) is extremely virtuosic,
having a range of over two octaves.
I have ignored one of the tenets of good vocal writing – I ask the singer to sing "ee" in the highest register – and pianissimo at that! But that's part of the humor (I hope!)
"H was a Heron / Who stood in a stream, / And the length of
his neck / And his legs was extreme."
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