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Colleagues,

Thanks to all of you for the wonderful responses. Here's what I've
received, and what a terrific list it is! (Sorry for any repeats.)

Original post:

Bing Vick's wonderful session at ACDA on humor in music prompts me to
> try to collect more such pieces. I checked the choralnet archives for
> something on humor and didn't find anything, so i am volunteering to
> receive emails on pieces that are humorous and eventually compile
> them.
>
> We'll take ALL PDQ Bach pieces as a given!
>

Responses:

Choralnet.org has three files already (which I missed), under resources,
concerning humor. I can't find the middle one; perhaps someone can help.

Try these:
http://choralnet.org/resources/896
http://choralnet.org/resources/836
http://choralnet.org/resources/904

(Thanks, Allen!)


Other responses:

Do you know the choral parody on Schubert's Trout theme.
Successive movements are done in the styles of various composers. It is
very clever.
Male Ensemble Northwest has done two TTBB arrangements that are
funny, but I do not l know if they exist only in manuscript. One is a
setting of a marvelous limerick (the one that includes something about not
being "fussy for Brahms or Debussy") by a composer who was at the
University of Oregon. It would be worth an investigation.
The other is a compilation by Vijay Singh of TV commercials that
plays a lot on "Car 54, where are you?" Funny piece.


Oh, heavens. The Rossini Cat Duet, any Anna Russell, any
Hoffnung Festival.

"The Little White Hen" by Scandello
"Neighbor's Chorus" by Offenbach
"O, No John" arr. by Miller
"Football!" by Dobbins


SSA: Beautiful Yet Truthful by Pfautsch
SATB: The Argument by Nesta

I have two original works that are meant to be humorous. One is "Our
Conductor" which is a round that secretly lambasts the conductor and the
other is "The Birds" which sings about the beautiful birds until they
decide to deliver a "package" on the new car.
Ken Langer
Music Department
Lyndon State College
Lyndonville VT 05851
e-mail: LangerK(a)mail.lsc.vsc.edu
home page: http://www.together.net/~artists2/main.html


Mark Foster Music Co. is bringing out my " A Lewis Carroll
Sampler " this Spring. 3 of the 4 movements are funny.
Sincerely,
Robert Jordahl


Michael Flanders and Donald Swann "Ill Wind" . This is a marvellous
piece about the singer's misfortunes with the French horn, done to the tune
of a well-known movement from a Mozart horn concerto.

The Mastersingers "Weather Forecast" and "The Highway Code". These are
classics of British comedy recorded by a group of English schoolmasters in
the 50's. "Weather Forecast" is a British Isles weather forecast done to
Anglican chant, while "The Highw
ay Code" uses Anglican chant, Enalish folksong tradition and Gilbert and
Sullivan in a hilarious description of the British rules of the road.

Garrison Keeler "The Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra". Thiis one
parodies Britten by using hymn tunes and a narrative addressing the question
of which instrument is most suitable for a young Christian. Its "Turkey in
the Straw" version of "Jesus
Loves Me" is priceless.

My 'El Hambo', a sort of folk dance spoof indirectly inspired by the
Swedish Chef in the Muppet Show, was performed at the ACDA convention in
Chicago by the Ensemble Singers from Minnesota. Another piece in a similar
vein is 'Pseudo-Yoik'. Both have been excellently received, particularly as
encores. Both are listed in choralmusic.org and are published by Sulasol
(the Finnish Amateur Musicians' Association). 'El Hambo' has been or is
about to be sub-published by Walton.
Jaakko Mantyjarvi
Helsinki, Finland


Jenks's Vegetable Compound from the King's Singers 'Victorian Collection'
Any good arrangement on items which the Comedian Harmonists sang


I'll nominate 'Father William' by Irving Fine - maybe the other two as
well, but I can't recall them off the top of my head.
(There are several worth looking at my Fine, for mixed as well as men's or
women's: Beautiful Soup, Lobster Quadrille, White Knight...

Also some of Copland's American songs: Ching a ring, Bought me a Cat,
come to mind.
And the night shall be filled with music. -Longfellow


Jabberwocky - Sam Pottle - terrific ender. Trigon Music
Mecham's Love and Pizen (poison) from Choral Variations on American Folk
Songs - G Schirmer/Hal Leonard

Feller from Fortune, arr. Somers, G Thompson Music/Walton(?)

The Banks of the Ohio - Gwyneth Walker, ESC

Insalata Italiana - R. Genee

Farewell Overture, Belmont

A Chorister's Covert Concert - George Mabrey

Mateo Flecha's collection in Monuments of SPanish Music (or some such
collection) titles Las Ensaladas (Tossed salads), especially El Fuego.

Try any pieces by the British tuba player Gerard Hoffnung or the Canadian
classical comedienne Anna Russell. My husband has LPs (can you tell how old
we are?) with names and numbers. Let me know if you want more info.
chague(a)hawk.igs.net


I am publishing a piece in the CME series with Boosey and Hawkes entitled
"The
Laughing Song". It is a setting of William Blake's poem and it is for two-
part treble voices and piano.
Valerie Shields

Christopher Johnson, Senior Editor and Manager, Oxford:

Our new anthology "Encores for Choirs" includes:
Andrew Carter's arrangement of "The Teddy Bear's Picnic"
John Rutter: "Banquet Fugue" (involves real belching)
Jonathan Willcocks: "Drunken Sailor"
Frederick Bridge: "The Goslings"
Richard Genee, arr. C.E. Rowley: "Italian Salad"
John Whitworth (arr.): "The Mermaid"
Grayston Ives: "Name That Tune"
Andrew Carter: "Two for the Price of One" (does to "This Old Man"
what SHOULD be done to "This Old Man")

David Blackburn (arr.): "Ding Dong! Merrily on High: Deathknell for a
popular carol, for belles, bell-boys, and campanologists" (absolute
bedlam)

For treble voices:
Andrew Carter: "Fred" (8-part round)
James Bennighof: "The Juggler" and "Looking for a Rhyme"

For TTBB:
Noel Goemanne: "Two Tongue Twisters"

Michael Flanders and Donald Swann "Ill Wind" . This is a marvellous
piece about the singer's misfortunes with the French horn, done to the tune
of a well-known movement from a Mozart horn concerto.

The Mastersingers "Weather Forecast" and "The Highway Code". These are
classics of British comedy recorded by a group of English schoolmasters in
the 50's. "Weather Forecast" is a British Isles weather forecast done to
Anglican chant, while "The Highw
ay Code" uses Anglican chant, Enalish folksong tradition and Gilbert and
Sullivan in a hilarious description of the British rules of the road.

Garrison Keeler "The Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra". Thiis one
parodies Britten by using hymn tunes and a narrative addressing the question
of which instrument is most suitable for a young Christian. Its "Turkey in
the Straw" version of "Jesus Loves Me" is priceless.

How about the Toch Geographical Fugue? (And Toch's Valse?)


A Mad Madrigal - Percy Wicker MacDonald
It is POP but you can easily get permission to reproduce it for $.75 a
copy - Lorenz #2144

Auction Cries - John Briggs - or is it Biggs (?) - SATB - a list of farm
implements sold at auction...can't find my copy

Phonophobia - Alice Parker - I think it's Hinshaw, but it might be out
of print - 4 movements - tongue twisters - parts are difficult

The King's Singers "Masterpiece" Hinshaw HMB-165 7 individual "songs'
after the style of composers.
1. Fugue (Bach)
2.Introduction and Gigue (Handel)
3. Cavatina (Mozart)
4. Largo Lugubrioso (Beethoven)
5. Lied Ohne Worte (Mendelssohn)
6. Waltz (J. Strauss)
7. Danse Antique (Debussy)

How about the following: Can't think of composers right now--
"Banquet Fugue" (Rutter)
"Concerto for Singing Chickens"(great one),
"Concertschtick"

Was Jean Belmont's "Farewell Overture" mentioned? I heard it at the 1995
National
Convention in Washington and almost fell out of my chair
laughing.

I'm a 22-year barbershopper in the Chicago area & appreciate a good
musical joke--often, the more subtle, the better. I'm not familiar with
Bob Vick's presentation on humor in music, but there's an abundance of
humorous arrangements to be found in the barbershop world. While many of
those arrangements were written for quartets, as a rule of thumb, a
quartet arrangement ought to work OK for a male chorus.

If you have any interest in investigating works in this genre, I'd
recommend you start by getting in touch with Dr. Greg Lyne, Director of
Musical Education for SPEBSQSA (the international Barbershop Harmony
Society). The Society's web site is at http://www.spebsqsa.org, and
Greg's e-mail address is glyne(a)spebsqsa.org.

Incidentally, barbershoppers also have a listserv, similar to ChoraList,
called the Harmonet. You can access the Harmonet through the Society's
home page; if you choose to subscribe to the Harmonet (free of charge,
just as with ChoraList), you can pose the same question to all the 1,000+
Harmonetters. One of those Harmonetters is Jay Giallombardo, the
director of the larger of the two barbershop choruses I sing with, the
New Tradition (current & six-time SPEBSQSA international silver
medalists--home page at http://www.newtradition.org). Jay is a superb &
prolific arranger, highly recognized throughout the barbershop world, and
another individual who can be considered a musical authority among &
beyond barbershopping--if you favor vocal music of a more classical
nature, you may be interested to know he wrote an outstanding arrangement
of the William Tell Overture for his former quartet, Grandma's Boys.

>From Handel's oratorio "L'Allegro..." is a great laughing chorus called
"Haste Thee, Nymph"

Purcell Shivering Chorus ("see see see...") from King Arthur

There is a published arrangement of Alan Sherman's "No One's Perfect,"
about choral mishaps.

"Crows and Clusters" is a bit strange. (Della Joio????)

I have used "Getting Married" from Sondheim's "Company" on my programs.
It is mostly 3 soloists with a choral backup, but it's a killer piece if
you have a good Amy.


Not exactly humorous, but definitely satirical, is my *Departmental* (on a
little-known text about ants by Robert Frost) for SATB, S solo, pno 4-hands.
Robert Ross

*Old Horatius Had a Farm* ("Old McDonald" in Latin)--Z. Randall Stroope
(Mark
Foster)

Lloyd Pfautsch: *St. Bridget* (SSAA; Lawson Gould)

Carl Zytowsky: *Ave Mater Anser!* (3 nursery rhymes in Latin; coupled with
composer parodies of Handel, Schubert & Orff) (Hinshaw)

Tom Cunningham, Merry Christmas Jazz, a fun version of "We wish you a merry
Christmas".
With sparkling jazz piano accompaniment or can also be sung a cappella.
For SATB with optional Children's Choir. Published by Hinshaw HMC-1029.

Tom Cunningham, The Good-Bye Jazz, for SATB a cappella or with optional
jazz-piano
accompaniment. Published by Roberton (UK). In the Theodore Presser catalog,
reference 392-00797. A fun encore for SATB choir with optional piano.

Love Lost by Paul Sjolund


I have kept a file over the years on Humor in Music. Originally I was
going to devote an entire program to it, but realized that it was too
much of a good thing! Also humor in choral pieces is often times in
the ear of the beholder - e.g. Many of the madrigals in the "Chester
Books" series are humorous: Animals, Smoking and Drinking, Desireable
Women, Love and Marriage, etc.

Here are a couple of my favorites:
Haydn, Harmony in Marriage;
Richard Proulx, The Choirmaster at the Pearly Gates (Sacred Music
Press);
Jean Belmont, Farewell Overture;
and of course dozens of Madrigal Comedies.

Ding Dong! Merrily on High; Blackwell, David arr; SATB, a cappella
a kick, but not for folks who eschew minor slapstick. part of the
score is written upside-down, requiring whole choir to flip their scores

Thoughts and Remembrances, III. 6 Pence; Berkey, Jackson; SATB
Sing a song of...

Island Queen, The; DeCormier, Robert; SATB

Three Jazz Canons: 3. Ice Cream Recollections; Drotos, Ron; SATB, a
cappella
take a ridiculous idea, add good writing and perform it poker-faced

Smieklis Man; Kalnins, Aldonis arr; SSAA
Latvian; 'somewhat' humorous

Feast, The: 1. Honeycomb; Petker, Robert; SATB
Feast, The: 2. On Tomato Ketchup; Petker, Robert; SATB
Feast, The: 3. Eating Song; Petker, Robert; SATB

Madrigal for Brother John, A; Porter, Steven; SA, a cappella

Got So Tired (Umorilas); anon; Prokhorov, Vadim, ed; SSAA, a cappella
Russia

Four Lewis Carroll Songs: 1. Turtle Soup; Thomas, Karen; SATB, a
cappella

Tweedledum and Tweedledee; Zimmerman; SATB
trouble is, I never outgrew Alice...

Prepositions; Varner, Joan; SA

Long John Done Gone; Harnston; SATB

Whiffenpoof Song, The; Minningerode/Valley; TTBB

Magazine Madrigals; Hayland; SATB

Donkey Serenade; Stothart/Marlow; TTBB

Noisy Three, The; Willis/Luten; TTBB

Old Mother Hubbard; Hely-Hutchinson/Diack; TTBB

Waltzing Matilda; Wood arr; TTBB

Swinging On a Star; Henson/Burke; SATB

A Policeman's Lot; Gilbert & Sullivan/Gray; TTBB

Old Mother Hubbard; Hutchinson, ?; TTBB

Love Me Or Leave Me; Kahn; SATB

Crawdad Song, The; Lewis; 2-part

Cries of London, The; Gibbons/Stevens; SATB

Philological: Lament for Cocoa;Arnatt, Ronald;SATB, a cappella

Philological;Arnatt, Ronald;SATB, a cappella

Philological: Shipbored; Arnatt, Ronald; SATB, a cappella

Philological: Pooem; Arnatt, Ronald; SATB, a cappella

Heart of the Fugue, The; Leaf, Robert;SATB, a cappella

Streets of Laredo, The; Pfautsch, Lloyd;TTBB

Mouse Madrigal, The; Porter, Steven arr;SSA
as in Three Blind...

Alouette; Sund, Robert; SATB, a cappella
poker face again

Down Steers the Bass; Billings, William; SATB
voices exemplify their quality and motion

Love Lost; Sjolund, Paul, SATB a cappella
four very short songs, each with a punch line. I think it's a "must
do"


Richard Genee: Insalata italiana choir SATB, Soli S,T,B
Parody on an opera scene, Publisher: Schott

I too, loved Bing's presentation. Many years ago, when I taught high
school, I did a piece called "Monotone Angel" on the Christmas concert
which was terrific.

Also...for women, "The Ballad of Nancy Dee" by John Gardner
"A Woman's World" (texts by Dorothy Parker) by Carey Blyton.
Jean Berger has several SATB sets, including "Good, Betyter, Best"
and "Bits of Wisdom."

Dan Pinkham - Bugs (ECS?)

Kjell Linna: We're the Choir (Walton?)

Robert Sund: Drunken Sailor (Walton?)

Libby Larsen: And Sparrows Everywhere (esp #1, Chameleon Wedding)

S. Chatman: from Due North: Mosquitoes
Woodpecker

S. Chatman: An Old Man he Courted me - Jaymar
S. Chatman: Lukey's Boat - Jaymar

Lars Edlund, Two Scandanavian Folksong, #2, 15 Finns - walton

A Maiden is in a Ring - Walton

Sol Berkowitz, Antidisestablishmentariaism - Elkan-Vogel

Earl George, Laughing Song - Summy-Birchard

marcel Frank, The Owl and the Pussycat - G Schirmer

William Schuman - Mail-Order MAdrigals (Sear's Catalogue texts)

William Schuman - Singaling (Spiritual Blues) - from "Esses" - Presser

Seufert, Friday Mornings, Jenson

Karen Thomas, Four Lewis Carroll Songs: Turtle Sup, Father William,
Jabberwocky, Speak Rougholy - Jaymar Music

Alec Wilder - Lullabies and Nightsongs, arr. Don Lang - Boosey (great
stuff!)

arr. WIlliam Lock, Oliver Cromwell, Woodland/Antara

Bergsma, Riddle Me this, ECS

DeCormier, Play Party, LAwson-Gould

Andrew Carter, two for the Price of One, Banks Muisc

R. Boberg, The Computer - Alfred Music

R. Wernick, The 11th Commandment, Presser

Mouret-Kauffman, Masterscat - Carl Fischer (and other Swingle-type
arrangements of famous tunes)

tom Lehrer/Metis, Pollution - Alfred

Sjolund - Lost Love - Walton

Patterson - Spare Parts

McKelvy - The Ten-Minute Messiah - Mark Foster Music
Robert SUnd - Allouette

Delolo Joio - Of Crows and Clusters

Gregg Smith - Doo-Wop Madrigals (Cool April, etc)

Jannequin - Chant des Oyseaux

John Biggs - uction Cries

McKelvy - Deck the Halls in 7/8 - Mark Foster

Kubik, Polly Wolly Doodle

Rao LappersCl (??) - Vanitas Nanitatum

Pfautsch, Songs Mein Grossmama Sang

Mary Lycan, Housekeeper's Tragedy - terble Clef Press

Mary Lycan - The Sow took the measles - Hinshaw

Hicken - Thy body - Thomas House Pub

Russavage, Social Commentary - dkrudop(a)pen.k12.va.us

Offenbach - Neighbor's Chorus

Rutter - The Terrible Tale of Tom Gilligan - Hinshaw

K. Shaw - Save the Bones for Henry Jones - Hal Leonard

Lojeski - Yippi Ti Yi Yo - MCA Music

Handel - Haste Thee Nymph

Mulholland - OH See How Thick the Goldcup Flowers

the following are old and may or may not be POP:

Don Wright - Eeny Meeny Miney Moe - Hall & McCreary\

Harry Simeone - This Old Man - Shawnee

Harry R. Wilson - Two Concert Rounds (Three Blind Mice) - Hall &
MCCreary

Salli Terri - Frere JAcques - Lawson-Gould

Whitcomb - Go Marry - Witmark

Scarmolin - A Man of Words Not fo Deeds - Ricordi

Peter Stone - Drunken Sailor - Pro Art Publ.

Orff - #13 and 14 of Carmina - Tavern Scene (Wafna + In Taberna) -
TBB, piano(s) and percussion - can also add women octave above and
make it SSATBB - works!)

Apologies for typos!!!!

DJ





Dear Colleagues:

Thanks so much to all who responded --- I now have enough titles to fill six
or seven concerts. The compilation is below.

Ted Reid
Fountain Valley High School
Fountain Valley, CA

The PDQ BACH "Knock-Knock Cantata."

"The Art of the Ground Round" by Peter Schickle

Jean Belmont's Farewell Overture is a kick!

How about "Intermission" by the Carpenters

Love Lost by Paul Sjolund

the piece performed in San Diego at the National Convention that dealt
with the choirs perspective of the conductor. It was called "A Chorister's
Covert Concert" by George Mabry (Dean Music)

We'll Be Right Back

"Banquet Fugue" of Rutter

Do you know the choral parody on Schubert's Trout theme.
Successive movements are done in the styles of various composers. It is
very clever.

Male Ensemble Northwest has done two TTBB arrangements that are
funny, but I do not l know if they exist only in manuscript. One is a
setting of a marvelous limerick (the one that includes something about not
being "fussy for Brahms or Debussy") by a composer who was at the
University of Oregon. It would be worth an investigation.

The other is a compilation by Vijay Singh of TV commercials that
plays a lot on "Car 54, where are you?" Funny piece.


The Rossini Cat Duet, any Anna Russell, any Hoffnung Festival.

"The Little White Hen" by Scandello
"Neighbor's Chorus" by Offenbach
"O, No John" arr. by Miller
"Football!" by Dobbins


SSA: Beautiful Yet Truthful by Pfautsch
SATB: The Argument by Nesta

I have two original works that are meant to be humorous. One is "Our
Conductor" which is a round that secretly lambasts the conductor and the
other is "The Birds" which sings about the beautiful birds until they
decide to deliver a "package" on the new car.
Ken Langer
Music Department
Lyndon State College
Lyndonville VT 05851
e-mail: LangerK(a)mail.lsc.vsc.edu
home page: http://www.together.net/~artists2/main.html


Mark Foster Music Co. is bringing out my " A Lewis Carroll
Sampler " this Spring. 3 of the 4 movements are funny.
Sincerely,
Robert Jordahl


Michael Flanders and Donald Swann "Ill Wind" . This is a marvellous
piece about the singer's misfortunes with the French horn, done to the tune
of a well-known movement from a Mozart horn concerto.

The Mastersingers "Weather Forecast" and "The Highway Code". These are
classics of British comedy recorded by a group of English schoolmasters in
the 50's. "Weather Forecast" is a British Isles weather forecast done to
Anglican chant, while "The Highway Code" uses Anglican chant, Enalish
folksong tradition and Gilbert and Sullivan in a hilarious description of the
British rules of the road.

Garrison Keeler "The Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra". Thiis one
parodies Britten by using hymn tunes and a narrative addressing the question
of which instrument is most suitable for a young Christian. Its "Turkey in
the Straw" version of "Jesus
Loves Me" is priceless.

My 'El Hambo', a sort of folk dance spoof indirectly inspired by the
Swedish Chef in the Muppet Show, was performed at the ACDA convention in
Chicago by the Ensemble Singers from Minnesota. Another piece in a similar
vein is 'Pseudo-Yoik'. Both have been excellently received, particularly as
encores. Both are listed in choralmusic.org and are published by Sulasol
(the Finnish Amateur Musicians' Association). 'El Hambo' has been or is
about to be sub-published by Walton.
Jaakko Mantyjarvi
Helsinki, Finland


Jenks's Vegetable Compound from the King's Singers 'Victorian Collection'
Any good arrangement on items which the Comedian Harmonists sang


I'll nominate 'Father William' by Irving Fine - maybe the other two as
well, but I can't recall them off the top of my head.
(There are several worth looking at my Fine, for mixed as well as men's or
women's: Beautiful Soup, Lobster Quadrille, White Knight...

Also some of Copland's American songs: Ching a ring, Bought me a Cat,
come to mind.
And the night shall be filled with music. -Longfellow


Jabberwocky - Sam Pottle - terrific ender. Trigon Music
Mecham's Love and Pizen (poison) from Choral Variations on American Folk
Songs - G Schirmer/Hal Leonard

Feller from Fortune, arr. Somers, G Thompson Music/Walton(?)

The Banks of the Ohio - Gwyneth Walker, ESC

Insalata Italiana - R. Genee

Farewell Overture, Belmont

A Chorister's Covert Concert - George Mabrey

Mateo Flecha's collection in Monuments of SPanish Music (or some such
collection) titles Las Ensaladas (Tossed salads), especially El Fuego.

Try any pieces by the British tuba player Gerard Hoffnung or the Canadian
classical comedienne Anna Russell. My husband has LPs (can you tell how old
we are?) with names and numbers. Let me know if you want more info.
chague(a)hawk.igs.net


I am publishing a piece in the CME series with Boosey and Hawkes entitled
"The
Laughing Song". It is a setting of William Blake's poem and it is for two-
part treble voices and piano.
Valerie Shields

Christopher Johnson, Senior Editor and Manager, Oxford:

Our new anthology "Encores for Choirs" includes:
Andrew Carter's arrangement of "The Teddy Bear's Picnic"
John Rutter: "Banquet Fugue" (involves real belching)
Jonathan Willcocks: "Drunken Sailor"
Frederick Bridge: "The Goslings"
Richard Genee, arr. C.E. Rowley: "Italian Salad"
John Whitworth (arr.): "The Mermaid"
Grayston Ives: "Name That Tune"
Andrew Carter: "Two for the Price of One" (does to "This Old Man"
what SHOULD be done to "This Old Man")

David Blackburn (arr.): "Ding Dong! Merrily on High: Deathknell for a
popular carol, for belles, bell-boys, and campanologists" (absolute
bedlam)

For treble voices:
Andrew Carter: "Fred" (8-part round)
James Bennighof: "The Juggler" and "Looking for a Rhyme"

For TTBB:
Noel Goemanne: "Two Tongue Twisters"

Michael Flanders and Donald Swann "Ill Wind" . This is a marvellous
piece about the singer's misfortunes with the French horn, done to the tune
of a well-known movement from a Mozart horn concerto.

The Mastersingers "Weather Forecast" and "The Highway Code". These are
classics of British comedy recorded by a group of English schoolmasters in
the 50's. "Weather Forecast" is a British Isles weather forecast done to
Anglican chant, while "The Highw
ay Code" uses Anglican chant, Enalish folksong tradition and Gilbert and
Sullivan in a hilarious description of the British rules of the road.

Garrison Keeler "The Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra". Thiis one
parodies Britten by using hymn tunes and a narrative addressing the question
of which instrument is most suitable for a young Christian. Its "Turkey in
the Straw" version of "Jesus Loves Me" is priceless.

How about the Toch Geographical Fugue? (And Toch's Valse?)


A Mad Madrigal - Percy Wicker MacDonald
It is POP but you can easily get permission to reproduce it for $.75 a
copy - Lorenz #2144

Auction Cries - John Briggs - or is it Biggs (?) - SATB - a list of farm
implements sold at auction...can't find my copy

Phonophobia - Alice Parker - I think it's Hinshaw, but it might be out
of print - 4 movements - tongue twisters - parts are difficult

The King's Singers "Masterpiece" Hinshaw HMB-165 7 individual "songs'
after the style of composers.
1. Fugue (Bach)
2.Introduction and Gigue (Handel)
3. Cavatina (Mozart)
4. Largo Lugubrioso (Beethoven)
5. Lied Ohne Worte (Mendelssohn)
6. Waltz (J. Strauss)
7. Danse Antique (Debussy)

How about the following: Can't think of composers right now--
"Banquet Fugue" (Rutter)
"Concerto for Singing Chickens"(great one),
"Concertschtick"

Was Jean Belmont's "Farewell Overture" mentioned? I heard it at the 1995
National
Convention in Washington and almost fell out of my chair
laughing.

I'm a 22-year barbershopper in the Chicago area & appreciate a good
musical joke--often, the more subtle, the better. I'm not familiar with
Bob Vick's presentation on humor in music, but there's an abundance of
humorous arrangements to be found in the barbershop world. While many of
those arrangements were written for quartets, as a rule of thumb, a
quartet arrangement ought to work OK for a male chorus.

If you have any interest in investigating works in this genre, I'd
recommend you start by getting in touch with Dr. Greg Lyne, Director of
Musical Education for SPEBSQSA (the international Barbershop Harmony
Society). The Society's web site is at http://www.spebsqsa.org, and
Greg's e-mail address is glyne(a)spebsqsa.org.

Incidentally, barbershoppers also have a listserv, similar to ChoraList,
called the Harmonet. You can access the Harmonet through the Society's
home page; if you choose to subscribe to the Harmonet (free of charge,
just as with ChoraList), you can pose the same question to all the 1,000+
Harmonetters. One of those Harmonetters is Jay Giallombardo, the
director of the larger of the two barbershop choruses I sing with, the
New Tradition (current & six-time SPEBSQSA international silver
medalists--home page at http://www.newtradition.org). Jay is a superb &
prolific arranger, highly recognized throughout the barbershop world, and
another individual who can be considered a musical authority among &
beyond barbershopping--if you favor vocal music of a more classical
nature, you may be interested to know he wrote an outstanding arrangement
of the William Tell Overture for his former quartet, Grandma's Boys.

>From Handel's oratorio "L'Allegro..." is a great laughing chorus called
"Haste Thee, Nymph"

Purcell Shivering Chorus ("see see see...") from King Arthur

There is a published arrangement of Alan Sherman's "No One's Perfect,"
about choral mishaps.

"Crows and Clusters" is a bit strange. (Della Joio????)

I have used "Getting Married" from Sondheim's "Company" on my programs.
It is mostly 3 soloists with a choral backup, but it's a killer piece if
you have a good Amy.


Not exactly humorous, but definitely satirical, is my *Departmental* (on a
little-known text about ants by Robert Frost) for SATB, S solo, pno 4-hands.
Robert Ross

*Old Horatius Had a Farm* ("Old McDonald" in Latin)--Z. Randall Stroope
(Mark
Foster)

Lloyd Pfautsch: *St. Bridget* (SSAA; Lawson Gould)

Carl Zytowsky: *Ave Mater Anser!* (3 nursery rhymes in Latin; coupled with
composer parodies of Handel, Schubert & Orff) (Hinshaw)

Tom Cunningham, Merry Christmas Jazz, a fun version of "We wish you a merry
Christmas".
With sparkling jazz piano accompaniment or can also be sung a cappella.
For SATB with optional Children's Choir. Published by Hinshaw HMC-1029.

Tom Cunningham, The Good-Bye Jazz, for SATB a cappella or with optional
jazz-piano
accompaniment. Published by Roberton (UK). In the Theodore Presser catalog,
reference 392-00797. A fun encore for SATB choir with optional piano.

Love Lost by Paul Sjolund


I have kept a file over the years on Humor in Music. Originally I was
going to devote an entire program to it, but realized that it was too
much of a good thing! Also humor in choral pieces is often times in
the ear of the beholder - e.g. Many of the madrigals in the "Chester
Books" series are humorous: Animals, Smoking and Drinking, Desireable
Women, Love and Marriage, etc.

Here are a couple of my favorites:
Haydn, Harmony in Marriage;
Richard Proulx, The Choirmaster at the Pearly Gates (Sacred Music
Press);
Jean Belmont, Farewell Overture;
and of course dozens of Madrigal Comedies.

Ding Dong! Merrily on High; Blackwell, David arr; SATB, a cappella
a kick, but not for folks who eschew minor slapstick. part of the
score is written upside-down, requiring whole choir to flip their scores

Thoughts and Remembrances, III. 6 Pence; Berkey, Jackson; SATB
Sing a song of...

Island Queen, The; DeCormier, Robert; SATB

Three Jazz Canons: 3. Ice Cream Recollections; Drotos, Ron; SATB, a
cappella
take a ridiculous idea, add good writing and perform it poker-faced

Smieklis Man; Kalnins, Aldonis arr; SSAA
Latvian; 'somewhat' humorous

Feast, The: 1. Honeycomb; Petker, Robert; SATB
Feast, The: 2. On Tomato Ketchup; Petker, Robert; SATB
Feast, The: 3. Eating Song; Petker, Robert; SATB

Madrigal for Brother John, A; Porter, Steven; SA, a cappella

Got So Tired (Umorilas); anon; Prokhorov, Vadim, ed; SSAA, a cappella
Russia

Four Lewis Carroll Songs: 1. Turtle Soup; Thomas, Karen; SATB, a
cappella

Tweedledum and Tweedledee; Zimmerman; SATB
trouble is, I never outgrew Alice...

Prepositions; Varner, Joan; SA

Long John Done Gone; Harnston; SATB

Whiffenpoof Song, The; Minningerode/Valley; TTBB

Magazine Madrigals; Hayland; SATB

Donkey Serenade; Stothart/Marlow; TTBB

Noisy Three, The; Willis/Luten; TTBB

Old Mother Hubbard; Hely-Hutchinson/Diack; TTBB

Waltzing Matilda; Wood arr; TTBB

Swinging On a Star; Henson/Burke; SATB

A Policeman's Lot; Gilbert & Sullivan/Gray; TTBB

Old Mother Hubbard; Hutchinson, ?; TTBB

Love Me Or Leave Me; Kahn; SATB

Crawdad Song, The; Lewis; 2-part

Cries of London, The; Gibbons/Stevens; SATB

Philological: Lament for Cocoa;Arnatt, Ronald;SATB, a cappella

Philological;Arnatt, Ronald;SATB, a cappella

Philological: Shipbored; Arnatt, Ronald; SATB, a cappella

Philological: Pooem; Arnatt, Ronald; SATB, a cappella

Heart of the Fugue, The; Leaf, Robert;SATB, a cappella

Streets of Laredo, The; Pfautsch, Lloyd;TTBB

Mouse Madrigal, The; Porter, Steven arr;SSA
as in Three Blind...

Alouette; Sund, Robert; SATB, a cappella
poker face again

Down Steers the Bass; Billings, William; SATB
voices exemplify their quality and motion

Love Lost; Sjolund, Paul, SATB a cappella
four very short songs, each with a punch line. I think it's a "must
do"


Richard Genee: Insalata italiana choir SATB, Soli S,T,B
Parody on an opera scene, Publisher: Schott

I too, loved Bing's presentation. Many years ago, when I taught high
school, I did a piece called "Monotone Angel" on the Christmas concert
which was terrific.

Also...for women, "The Ballad of Nancy Dee" by John Gardner
"A Woman's World" (texts by Dorothy Parker) by Carey Blyton.
Jean Berger has several SATB sets, including "Good, Betyter, Best"
and "Bits of Wisdom."

Dan Pinkham - Bugs (ECS?)

Kjell Linna: We're the Choir (Walton?)

Robert Sund: Drunken Sailor (Walton?)

Libby Larsen: And Sparrows Everywhere (esp #1, Chameleon Wedding)

S. Chatman: from Due North: Mosquitoes
Woodpecker

S. Chatman: An Old Man he Courted me - Jaymar
S. Chatman: Lukey's Boat - Jaymar

Lars Edlund, Two Scandanavian Folksong, #2, 15 Finns - walton

A Maiden is in a Ring - Walton

Sol Berkowitz, Antidisestablishmentariaism - Elkan-Vogel

Earl George, Laughing Song - Summy-Birchard

marcel Frank, The Owl and the Pussycat - G Schirmer

William Schuman - Mail-Order MAdrigals (Sear's Catalogue texts)

William Schuman - Singaling (Spiritual Blues) - from "Esses" - Presser

Seufert, Friday Mornings, Jenson

Karen Thomas, Four Lewis Carroll Songs: Turtle Sup, Father William,
Jabberwocky, Speak Rougholy - Jaymar Music

Alec Wilder - Lullabies and Nightsongs, arr. Don Lang - Boosey (great
stuff!)

arr. WIlliam Lock, Oliver Cromwell, Woodland/Antara

Bergsma, Riddle Me this, ECS

DeCormier, Play Party, LAwson-Gould

Andrew Carter, two for the Price of One, Banks Muisc

R. Boberg, The Computer - Alfred Music

R. Wernick, The 11th Commandment, Presser

Mouret-Kauffman, Masterscat - Carl Fischer (and other Swingle-type
arrangements of famous tunes)

tom Lehrer/Metis, Pollution - Alfred

Sjolund - Lost Love - Walton

Patterson - Spare Parts

McKelvy - The Ten-Minute Messiah - Mark Foster Music
Robert SUnd - Allouette

Delolo Joio - Of Crows and Clusters

Gregg Smith - Doo-Wop Madrigals (Cool April, etc)

Jannequin - Chant des Oyseaux

John Biggs - uction Cries

McKelvy - Deck the Halls in 7/8 - Mark Foster

Kubik, Polly Wolly Doodle

Rao LappersCl (??) - Vanitas Nanitatum

Pfautsch, Songs Mein Grossmama Sang

Mary Lycan, Housekeeper's Tragedy - terble Clef Press

Mary Lycan - The Sow took the measles - Hinshaw

Hicken - Thy body - Thomas House Pub

Russavage, Social Commentary - dkrudop(a)pen.k12.va.us

Offenbach - Neighbor's Chorus

Rutter - The Terrible Tale of Tom Gilligan - Hinshaw

K. Shaw - Save the Bones for Henry Jones - Hal Leonard

Lojeski - Yippi Ti Yi Yo - MCA Music

Handel - Haste Thee Nymph

Mulholland - OH See How Thick the Goldcup Flowers

the following are old and may or may not be POP:

Don Wright - Eeny Meeny Miney Moe - Hall & McCreary\

Harry Simeone - This Old Man - Shawnee

Harry R. Wilson - Two Concert Rounds (Three Blind Mice) - Hall &
MCCreary

Salli Terri - Frere JAcques - Lawson-Gould

Whitcomb - Go Marry - Witmark

Scarmolin - A Man of Words Not fo Deeds - Ricordi

Peter Stone - Drunken Sailor - Pro Art Publ.

Orff - #13 and 14 of Carmina - Tavern Scene (Wafna + In Taberna) -
TBB, piano(s) and percussion - can also add women octave above and
make it SSATBB - works!)

Apologies for typos!!!!

DJ

AND for SSA:


I asked for titles that have evoked laughter from your audiences.
Along with some interesting comments, including a discussion of "what's
funny. . .appropriate. . .in good taste. . . " I received the
following. Thanks to many who responded!

Duet for Two Cats. Rossini
I Love Chocolate. Mozart ala Julie Pickard (not yet published)
12 Days After Christmas. Silver. (Belwin Mills, #DMC 137)
Mary Had a Little Blues. -- or "Jazz" ? Charles Collins. (Boosey &
Hawkes)
Punching the Dough. Alice Parker. (Treble Cleff Music Press)
Hello Girls. Lloyd Pfautsch. (Lawson/Gould)
Consort of Choral Christmas Carols. PDQ Bach. (Presser)
St. Bridget. Lloyd Pfautsch. (Lawson/Gould)
Stuff & Nonsense. Norman Luboff. (Walton,Plymouth)
Careless Love. Gwyneth Walker
Detached Sayings. Allen Bonde. (Schaffner Publishing)
Paul and His Chickens. Bradley Ross Ellingboe (Kjos)
The Sow Took the Measles.
Lollytoodum. arr. Bell (Boosey & Hawkes)
The Alto's Lament.
The Housekeeper's Lament.

The following comment came from Robert Ross, Artistic Director, Voces
Novae et Antiquae, Philadelphia:

"Bear in mind. . .half the humor factor is being willing to take some
risks in performance, including things like some stage movement, you
doing unexpected things (from what conductors usually do), unexpected
vocal colorings, etc. That's why many times performances of humorous
music fall flat if you just do what's on the page!"

I Bought Me a Cat adapted by Aaron Copland Boosey & Hawkes 1905
Ching-A-Ring Chaw " " " " "
" OC4B5024
Stomp Your Foot " " " " "
" 5019
The Terrible Tale of Tom Gilligan arr. Jonh Rutter Hinshaw HMC-811
Fiddler Man John Rutter Hinshaw HMC-815
O Whistle and I'll Come to Ye arr. Mack Wilberg Hinshaw HMC-649
And, if you want to consider something for women's voices:
The Rattlin' Bog arr. Michael Braz SA Hinshaw HMC-1487

Old Horatius - Z Randal Stroope - a dorian setting of Old MacDonald had a
farm
Jaberwocky
Banquet Fugue - Rutter
Sing a Song of Sixpence - Rutter
Feller from Fortune - Candian Folk song
Froggie Went A Courtin - Kings Singers Collection
My Bonnie Lass she Smelleth - PDQ Bach

"The Good-Bye Jazz", SATB a cappella or with optional jazz-piano Theodore
Presser 392-00797. -100071.2057(a)compuserve.com (Tom Cunningham)
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Auction Cries--John Biggs
Old Horatius Had a Farm--Z. Randall Stroope sorry, lost this
contributors e
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Deck the Halls in 7/8 McKelvey, SATB, Mark Foster
Waltz for two left feet
Oh Susanna Stomp ddunsmor(a)morgan.ucs.mun.ca (Doug Dunsmore)
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Alouette - Robert Sund
Of Crows and Clusters - Dello Joio
Farewell Overture - Jean Belmont
some of the Doo-Wop madrigals by Gregg Smith
Chant des Oyseaux- Janequin. lllane(a)ix.netcom.com (Laura Lane)
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"Love Lost" -Paul Sjolund
"Oh See How Thick the Goldcup Flowers" -Mulholland
trougg(a)hawkins.clark.edu
(Gordon Trousdale)
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The Competition -unknown
Oh Soldier, Soldier - old folk song
Duet for Two Cats - Rossini - SA
Songs Mein Grossmama Sang -L. Pfautsch
Polly Wolly Doodle - arr. Kubik
Stomp Your Foot - Copland
Vanitas, Vanitatum(all is vanity) - arr. Rao LappersCL (Greg
Lapp)
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Housekeeper's Tragedy-Mary Lycan-SSA-Treble Clef Music Press
The sow took the measles-Mary Lycan-SSA-Hinshaw MLycanclef(Mary Lycan)
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Thy Body - K.L. Hicken- Thomas House Publications SVSTHP(Vern
Sanders)
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"Social Commentary" Kathy Russavage. SATB, a cappella
dkrudop(a)pen.k12.va.us (Donald W.
Krudop)
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Neighbor's Chorus - Offenbach-Broude
The Terrible Tale of Tom Gilligan -Rutter-Hinshaw
Save the Bones for Henry Jones- K. Shaw-SAB-H. Leonard
Yippi Ti Yi Yo-Lojeski-H. Leonard
A Little Nonsense-R. Starer-MCA Music
Haste Thee Nymph-Handel
Banquet Fugue-Rutter-Hinshaw Scott Campbell

Date: Sat, 23 Aug 97 20:59:14 -0700 From: Fabiana Katz-Eser To: Subject:
SPOOFS compilation ----------------- CLASSICAL SPOOFS ------------------- Old
Mother Hubbard by Victor Hely-Hutchinson "set in the manner of Handel"
RIchard Genee: Italian Salad Diane Loomer: Bagatelle Scherzo Craig Courtney:
"A Musicological Journey Through the 12 Days of Christmas." PDQ Bach: (What
can I say!) "Blaues Gras" (BlueGrass Cantata), The Seasonings, madrigals,
carols, etc. Seymour Barab: Parodies Warner Brothers (?): Rabbit of Seville,
What's Opera Doc? Hely-Hutchinson: Handel-style version of Old Mother
Hubbard. King's Singers collection: Can1t buy me love (Beatles) Beethoven:
Choral Fantasia (yes, an odd suggestion, but nonetheless..) Geroge Botsford,
arr: Rigoletto Quartette, based Verdi (Remick Music Corporation) arr.??:
Schubert1s Trout Variations Kenneth Hicken: Three Spoofs in Classical Style -
Thomas Music Publishers Mozart: Musical Joke King Singers: Masterpiece; A
little Christmas music Carl Zytowski: *Ave Mater Anser* Hail Mother Goose ad modum Schubert, Handel, Orff. Stroope: *Old Hieronymous had a farm* Victor
Herbert: Art is Calling for Me, from his operetta called The Enchantress
Dohnanyi: "Variations on a Nursery Tune: (spoof elements) ??: Parody cantata
on 3Jack and Jill2 William Billings: "Modern Music" and "Jargon"

There's a very nice setting of the poem "When I'm an old woman I shall wear
purple..." The setting is called "Fair Warning" and it's accompanied.
I'm at home and don't have composer/publisher info...

M Steighner

What about "Caroline Million" (#2 from a set called "The Choral New Yorker")
by Irving Fine? This is a fun, tough, rewarding piece for SSAA, solos &
piano. The publisher is Carl Fischer #CM 7961. Happy hunting!

Ann Foster

"Four Russian Peasant Songs" by Stravinsky (two versions exist: a
cappella, and another, later revision w. 4 horns obbligato). -- almost
non-sensical folk texts, music has that Stravinskian "bite" of wit and
humor. (A phonetic transcription is available from Musica Russica,
although we do not have a published edition of these works.) e-mail us
at: rusmuscat(a)musicarussica.com

Vladimir Morosan

Ask E. C. Schirmer for their catalogue of music by Gwyneth Walker. Much of
it is humorous, and she is a very good composer as well. Contemporary but
with tunes.

dick drysdale

When I directed Cantus here at Shenandoah, my ladies enjoyed
Rutter's HEAVENLY AEROPLANE, but it uses piano and drums. I
also used Jean Berger's Three Pieces for Women's Chorus (I
believe is the name). Text for one of the selections deals
with a kangaroo. I don't have a copy in front of me. Hope
that will be enough to get your started.

jhlaster

I vote for "Single Girl" arr. by David Stocker (Thomas House Publications
1C0369316).

Vern Sanders

Check with Bill Ganz at UC Berkeley. The Women's chorale had a great
arrangement of "Ma, he's makin' eyes at me".

Of course, if they want to try arranging, I would point them towards the
song "Men" by the Forrester Sisters. Very funny (My coed quintet is going
to do it).

And we have several funny songs in the CASA library, including Hey Daddy
and It's Raining on Prom Night. Membership is only $15/yr for a person,
and you can get 4 songs every 4 months. + newsletter, etc.

Paul Sinasohn

Have you tried the Lloyd Pfaustch "Laughing Song" for SSAA choirs.
The accompaniment is for flute, and is really fun - very rhythmic.
Another more serious but highly entertaining is a piece with piano
accompaniment from Ron Nelsons "Three Songs of the Moon" (I think this is
correct) I've only done the movement titled "Ask the Moon". Easy, but
nice. Hope this has helped in a small way.

Johnny Ray Jones, DMA

Let The Church Roll On arr. Hariston
Alto's Lament Bowlus

R.D. Mathey

Off the top of my head I thought of Randall thompson's "God's Bottles," on
a text of the Women's CHristian temperance Union. And there are some
madrigals that are kind of funny, like Este's (East's) "Your Shining Eyes"
(Your shining eyes and golden hair, your lily-rosed lips most fair...men
cannot choose but like them well. But when they say for them they'll die,
Believe them not, they do but lie!)

Not much help...

David Griggs-Janower

Check out Michelle Weir's arrangement of Rock a Bye Baby.

Milton Olsson

Hymn to the Him of True Love-Lloyd Pfautsch (Lawson Gould)--hope it's still
in print
Also by Pfautsch---Songs My Grossmamma Sang (or something like that)--at
take off on Brahms Liebeslieder
You might look to see if "Old Mother Hubbard" is in a treble arrangement
(or that you could use the TTBB)

Lynne Bradley

My new publishing enterprise, Treble Clef Music Press, has several folk song
settings that otheres have enjoyed and you may too:

TC-109: "Housekeeper's Tragedy", North Carolina folk song arr. Hermene
Eichhorn, a silly song about a grime-fighting housewife who finally "lay down
and died and was buried in dirt". SSA, soprano and alto solo, piano.
Audiences love it.

TC-117: "Old Grandma", Candian folk song arr. Alice Parker, lists the pioneer
woman's staggering list of chores, says, "It's no wonder Grandma's hair
turned gray". SSAA, piano.

TC-119: "Punching the dough", Canadian folksong arr. Alice Parker, on how it
takes more gumption to shoot out biscuits than it does (for the guys) to
shoot out windows and lights. SSAA, piano. Both Parker songs have wonderful
rhythmic structures and very rewarding independent piano parts.

(Incidentally, the middle piece in this set, "Away, far down the river," is
the pioneer bride's farewell to everything she knows as she goes west, and is
absolutely lovely and haunting.)

While you may think I have cornered the market on grumpy housewife songs, of
course there is Zae Munn's wonderful "The Stove", published by earthsongs in
the set "The Muse, the Stove, and the Willow Plate." SSA a cappella, "One
day my mother took up a sledgehammer, and pounded her kitchen stove into
bits. She served cold cuts to my father for lunch." My chorus sang this and
adored it. It's very skillfully written--with rests after all the best laugh
lines.

And do not forget "The sow took the measles" (SSA and piano), Hinshaw, with
which the Seattle Girls' Choir brought down the house at the 1993 ACDA
convention in San Antonio. Or Shirley MacRae's "When I am an old woman I
shall wear purple" (SSA and piano), Plymouth Music, with which the
Indianapolis Children's Chorus did ditto.

There's also a Gwyneth Walker setting published by ECS of a folksong whose
exact title I forget, but it's along the lines of "See what love has done,"
and is about unmarried pregnancy.

I shall be coming out with a couple of silly songs next year, so stay tuned.

If you would like a catalogue of my stuff (19 pieces, with little teeny first
pages of almost everything and a half-price offer for reference copies), just
drop me your snailmail address and I'll be glad to send it.

Best wishes,
Mary Lycan
Editor and Proprietor
Treble Clef Music Press
415 Wesley Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27516-1521
phone/FAX 919-932-5455
mlycanclef(a)aol.com

9:14 -0700 From: Fabiana Katz-Eser To: Subject: SPOOFS compilation
----------------- CLASSICAL SPOOFS ------------------- Old Mother Hubbard by
Victor Hely-Hutchinson "set in the manner of Handel" RIchard Genee: Italian
Salad Diane Loomer: Bagatelle Scherzo Craig Courtney: "A Musicological
Journey Through the 12 Days of Christmas." PDQ Bach: (What can I say!)
"Blaues Gras" (BlueGrass Cantata), The Seasonings, madrigals, carols, etc.
Seymour Barab: Parodies Warner Brothers (?): Rabbit of Seville, What's Opera
Doc? Hely-Hutchinson: Handel-style version of Old Mother Hubbard. King's
Singers collection: Can1t buy me love (Beatles) Beethoven: Choral Fantasia
(yes, an odd suggestion, but nonetheless..) Geroge Botsford, arr: Rigoletto
Quartette, based Verdi (Remick Music Corporation) arr.??: Schubert1s Trout
Variations Kenneth Hicken: Three Spoofs in Classical Style - Thomas Music
Publishers Mozart: Musical Joke King Singers: Masterpiece; A little Christmas
music Carl Zytowski: *Ave Mater Anser* Hail Mother Goose = ad modum Schubert,
Handel, Orff. Stroope: *Old Hieronymous had a farm* Victor Herbert: Art is
Calling for Me, from his operetta called The Enchantress Dohnanyi:
"Variations on a Nursery Tune: (spoof elements) ??: Parody cantata on 3Jack
and Jill2 William Billings: "Modern Music" and "Jargon"

I have done a work called "hist whist" on a poem of e e cummings, music by
r w jones. It is a speech piece. My choirs loved it.

Of all the PDQ Bach works, my favorite is a movement from "Knock, Knock"
entitled "What is the Question." This is an audience favorite.

A Funny
Thing Happened on the Way to...."

My choir's favorite is "We Are The Chorus" by Ralph Wilkinson. The first
lines are .... "We are the chorus. xxxxxx (insert your own choir's name
here) chorus. We sing what is put before us, yes we do. We are the choir.
xxxxxx choir. We sing with a lot of fire deed we do. But we have a gripe.
A great big gripe. And we would like to tell all about it."..... from there
on it pokes fun at musical warm ups, at one point the women imitate oboes
while holding their noses and much more. At another point a choir member
hollars STOP! when the warm-up segment just gets a bit too tedious. And
there is also a spot for a blood curlding scream. (I once used a member of
the audience to hollar STOP and it almost brough the house down.)

The other favorite of my choir is the Diack settings of the nursery rhymes.
"Old Mother Hubbard" is a good one - very Handelian. An easier one is
"Sing a Song of Six Pence". "Jack and Jill" is my favorite. Always a joy
to sing but they do take some work.




Fellow Listers:

Here is a condensed version of the list of Humorous songs I received.
Thanks for your overwhelming response. I am listing almost140 titles for
you. They are all SATB unless otherwise noted. I have condensed other
information as well such as composer, arranger, and publisher. I have
numbered them so you can keep things straight as I know all formats
received are different. My apologies if I have left anyone's off. Happy
Hunting!

1) "Mail Order Madrigals" by William Schumann
2) "No One's Perfect" Arr. Walter Rodby - Somerset #WR1012
3) "High Above Cayuga's Waters"
4) Nursery Rhymes by Carl Zytowski A) Parvla Bo Peep B) Parvus Jacobus
Horner C) Jackcum Amico Jill published by Hinshaw
5) "Jakkobins isot poiat" by Pekka Kostianinen
6) "The North Wind" by Arne Mellnas
7) "Bosa Buffa" by Arne Mellnas
8) "Chorister's Covert Concert" by George Mabry - pub. Roger Dean of Lorenz
9) "Gaelic Blessing" by Gawthrope
10) "Love Lost" by Paul Sjolund
11) "Tragedy of Macbeth" by Ron Drotos
12) "Four Lewis Carroll Texts" pub by Shawnee Press
13) "Father William" by Irving Fine
14) "Insalata Italiano" by Richard Genee
15) "Gigglefest - songs of whimsey
16) "Kpanlango" pub sy Santa Barbara
17) "Due North" Stephen Chatman - published by Jaymar
18) "Old Dan Tucker" arr. Luboff
19) "Jabberwockey" by Sam Pottle - uses toy perc. inst.
20) "Burst of Appaluse" by Vito Mason - Presser B-201
21) "The Young Lutheran's guide to Orchestra" Garrison Keilor
22) "Geographical Fugue" Toch - spoken
23) "Valse" by Toch - spoken
24) "Mad Madrigal" - Percy Wicker MacDonald (Pop - Lorenz 2144)
25) "Auction Cries" by John Briggs
26) "Phonophobia" by Alice Parker - Hinshaw
27) "Masterpiece" (7 songs in styles of major composers) Hinshaw HMB 165
28) "Banquet Fugue" John Rutter
29) "Concerto for Singing Chickens"
30) "Concertschtick"
31) "Farewell Overture" by Jean Belmont
32) "The Laughing Song" by Valerie Shields (SA) B&H
33) "Encores for Choirs" - collection of 8 published by Oxford.
34) "Ding Dong Merrily on High: Deathknell for a popular carol for belles,
bell boys, and campanologists by David Blackburn
35) "Fred" by Andrew Carter - Treble Voices
36) "The Juggler" and "Looking for a Rhyme" by James Benninghof
37) "Two Tongue Twisters" by Noel Goemanne TTBB
38) "Ill Wind" Michael Flanders and Donald Swann
39) "Weather Forecast" and "The Highway Code" - Mastersingers
40) "Beautiful Soup" "Lobster Quadrille" and "White Kngiht" by Irving Fine
41) "Ching a Ring Chaw" and "I Bought Me a Cat" by Aaron Copland
42) "Jabberwocky" Sam Pottle - Trigon Music
43) "Love and Pizen" from Choral Variations on American Folk Songs - G.
Schirmer
44) "Feller From Fortune" Somers
45) "Banks of the Ohio" Gwyneth Walker ESC
46) "Football" by Dobbins
47) "Beautiful, Yet Truthful" by Lloyd Pfautsch
48) "The Argument" by Nesta
49) "Our Conductor" and "The Birds" by Ken Langer (LangerK(a)mail.lsc.vsc.edu)
50) "Lewis Carol Sampler" Robert Jordahl - Mark Foster
51) "Modern Music" William Billings
52) "Choral New Yorker" Irving Fine
53) "Circus Band" Charles Ives
54) "Little White Hen" Scandello
55) "Neighbor's Chorus" Offenbach
56) "O No John" Arr. Miller
57) "Breathing with Beethoven" by Wolfe - Lorenz Pub.
58) "Fruitcake" by Hagemann SB
59) "Presidential Suite" by Jack Gottlieb (7 pieces for SATB based on
words of famous presidents - BH )
60) "My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth" PDQ Bach
61) "Liebesliede Polkas" PDQ Bach
62) "The Heart of Fugue" by Robert Leaf Somerset SP820
63) "And Sparrows Everywhere" Libby Larson EC Schirmer
64) "The Grasshopper" Joseph Clokey - Hinshaw
65) "Mosquitoes" Stephen Chatman
66) "Lambscapes" 4 stylistic variations of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" pub
Turtle Creek
67) "Jack and Jill" by Theron Kirk
68) "The Seasonings" by PDQ Bach
69) "#2 of "Three Songs from Hebrew Poety" by Steve Barnett
70) "Tragedy of Macbeth" by Ron Drotos
71) "Choral Menagerie" Ivan Mauer
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72) "The Argument" by Nesta
73) "The Farmer's Wife" Mozart
74) "Green Eggs and Ham" Mozart
75) "The Oubit" and "Pentamic Imbeter" William Cooper
76) "The Love of a Soldier and a Marble Heart" William Cooper
77) "The Grey Swuirrel" William Cooper TTBB
78) "Lovelife Dances" and "New Lovelife Dances" by William Cooper
79) "Singing in the Choir" Donna Rhodenizer
80) "Old Horatius Had a Farm" Z. Randall Stroppe
81) "Big Fat Goose" Orlando de Lasso
82) "Manly Men" Kurt Knecht
83) "New York Girls" Kirke Mechem
84) "Terrible Tale of Tom Gilligan" John Rutter
85) "The Fiddler" by John Rutter
86) "Harmony in Marriage" FJ Haydn
87) "Good Bye Jazz" Tom Cunningham
88) "Quangle Wangle Quee" Tim Knight www.tim-knight.20m.com
89) "Give Me a Good Digestion, Lord" Edwin Earle Ferguson - Walton WW1027
90) "Oysters and Clams" by David Dusing - Presser 392-02514
91) "Bagels and Biscuits" Santa Barbara Music Publishers
92) "Good, Betyter, Best" and "Bits of Wisdom" Jean Berger
93) "Bugs" Daniel Pinkham
94) "We're the Choir" Kjell Linna - Walton
95) "Drunken Sailor" Robert Sund
96) "An Old Man He Courted Me" and "Lukey's Boat" by Stephen Chatman
97) "#2 of Two Scandanavian Folksongs" by Lars Edlund
98) "Maiden is in a Ring Now" published by Walton
99) "Antidisestablishmentarianism" by Sol Berkowitz - Elkan Vogel
100) "Laughing Song" by Earl George - Summy Birchard
101) "Owl and the Pussycat" Frank Marcel G. Schirmer
102) "Singaling (Spirituals Blues)" from "Esses" by William Schuman - Presser
103) "Friday Mornings" by Seufert - Jenson Pub.
104) "Lullabies and Nightsongs" Alec Wilder, arr. Don Lang B&H
105) "Oliver Cromwell" Ar. William Lock - Woodland/Anatra
106) "Riddle Me This" Bergsma ESC
107) "Love Me or Leave Me" by Kahn
108) "Crawdad Song" by Lewis 2pt
109) "Cries of London" Gibbons/Stevens
110) "Philological: "Lament for Cocoa; Arnatt, Ronald
111) "Philological: "Shipbored" Arnatt, Ronald
112) "Philological: Pooem" Arnatt, Ronald
113) "Heart of the Fugue" Robert Leaf
114) "Streets of Laredo" Lloyd Pfautsch TTBB
115) "Mouse Madrigal" Steven Porter SSA
116) "Alouette" Robert Sund
117) "Down Steers and Bass" William Billings
118) "Smieklis Man" by Aldonis Kalnins SSAA (Latvian)
119) "Madrigal for Brother John" Steven Porter SA
120) "The Feast" (set of 3) Robert Petker A) Honeycomb B) On Tomato
Ketchup C) Eating Songs
121) "Long John Done Gone" Harnston
122) "Tweedledum and Tweedledee" by Zimmerman
123) "Prepositions" Joan Varner SA
124) "Whiffenpoof Song" Minningerode/Valley TTBB
125) "Donkey Serenade" Stothart/Marlow TTBB
126) "The Noisy Three" Willis/Luten TTBB
127) "Old Mother Hubbard" - Arr. Diack TTBB
128) "Waltzing Matilda" Wood TTBB
129) "Swinging on a Star" Henseon/Burke
130) "A Policeman's Lot" Gilbert and Sullivan Gray Pub TTBB
131) "St. Bridget" Lloyd Pfautsch LG SSAA
132) "Merry Christmas Jazz" Tom Cunningham
133) "Harmony in Marriage" Haydn
134) "The Choirmaster at the Pearly Gates" Richard Proulx (Sacred Music
Press)
135) "The Island Queen" Robert DeCormier
136) "Haste Thee, Nymph" Handel "From L'Allegro
137) "Shivering Chorus" Purcell
138) "Crows and Clusters" Dello Joio
139) "Getting Married" from Sondheim's "Company


Bruce Phelps

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on June 12, 2004 10:00pm
Here's some more:

Alkan "Marche funebre sulla morte d'un pappagallo" (Funeral march on the death of a parrot)- SATB with 4 wind instruments.
JS Bach "Coffee Cantata".
Haydn "Die Beredsamkeit" (Eloquence)- SATB a capella, in praise of drinking wine.
Daniel E. Gawthrup "A Gaelic blessing" - SATB, very short, a parody of all the Gaelic & Irish blessing songs - a little reminiscent of Rutter.

There is just so much humorous music out there - enough for a life time or two of concerts!
on August 13, 2006 10:00pm
"How to be Happy" has been set for SATB chorus with piano accompaniment plus an added tambourine part by C. Jason Bechtold. Key of Bb/C major with a quick, happy tempo in 4/4 meter. Sopranos have a few G's and one A...rest of the ranges are moderate. Clever text. $1.60 per octavo.

Please order through www.reallygoodmusic.com
For more information on the composer check out www.cjbechtold.com
on October 1, 2006 10:00pm
CAT THAT BOOGIED, THE (SSA-piano) is an old American folk song whose character is changed by this setting. The boogie-woogie piano part is arranged so that it may be played as an independent solo. The voices may perform a cappella, as a separate choral piece in canon. If a good pianist is invited to play this work as a solo for a choral program, and then the choir sings the piece a cappella, the effect will add both contrast and color to the concert. If, after the choir has sung the piece, the pianist returns to play his/her solo again, but is unexpectedly joined by the voices, the audience will be amazed that the two
on September 17, 2007 10:00pm
A video of my humorous piece "A Choral Menagerie" listed at #71 has now been uploaded to YouTube if anyone would like to take a look (and listen). The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ_HHEtNK90 or you can go to YouTube and search for "Choral Menagerie". I'd be grateful for any comments and ratings which you might like to provide on that site.

You can also find it, together with details of how to get printed music for the piece, by going to my website www.ianmaurer.net
on December 3, 2007 10:00pm
Here is my contribution to the (hopefully) humorous song list.

THE FINAL DAY OF SCHOOL
for SATB and Piano.

The Final Day of School

It was the final day of school and, as might be expected,
The academic subjects all were purposely neglected.
The academic subjects all were purposely neglected.

The Colonists and Romans too, from His'try had depart-ed.
The voy'ges of Columbus were no longer being charted!
The voy'ges of Columbus were no longer being charted!

The theorems of Pythagoras, his bright hypotenusing,
Were lying in the corner for some major year-end snoozing,
Were lying in the corner for some major year-end snoozing.

No verbs were parsed, no objects sought, no sentences decoded,
While Twain and Poe and Faulkner were, to afterthoughts, demoted.
While Twain and Poe and Faulkner were, to afterthoughts, demoted.

Instead, in every classroom you could hear a boist'rous song
While from the cafeteria came laughter loud and long.
Out in the hallway there were some who danced the whole day through,
And as for all the students, they were very happy too!
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on January 19, 2012 6:28am
You might like to take a look at my "Ukranian Bell Carol of the Alley Cats".
I won't say another word. Just please take a look.
Cheers!