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"H" was a Heron (from An Edward Lear Nonsense Alphabet)

Year of composition
Edward Lear (1812-1888)
Difficult (Grades 7+)
4 minutes
Modern classical music
Voice + keyboard
Instrumental parts
Not available

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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