"T" was a Tortoise (from An Edward Lear Nonsense Alphabet)

Year of composition
Edward Lear (1812-1888)
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
1 minute
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 Baroque or pre-Baroque canon. The tortoise wanders somewhat dissonantly over the rocks, then disappears into tonal amibiguity (yes, the last note is correct – an F). On the advice of the SibMus review below, I have added marks to show that the accentuation should follow the normal accentuation of Spoken English (although I think that the length of the syllables also does so). In any case, it should not be very strongly accented – it's a tortoise! "T was a Tortoise / All yellow and black / He walked slowly away / And he never came back."

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