A Musical Zoo


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A Musical Zoo

SATB chorus/piano

Duration: 4 minutes 30 seconds

Text: Ogden Nash: A Musical Zoo

 Premiere: November, 1991, Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association District 11 Chorus in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Quakertown Community School District, Robert Shewan, guest conductor

Awarded the Robert H. Campbell (First Prize) Composition Prize in the 2011 Choral Composition Festival held each November at the Ithaca College School of Music.

I.                    The Bat (1:15)

II.                  The Praying Mantis (2:00)

III.               The Llama (1:20)

A Musical Zoo was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association District 11 Chorus in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Quakertown Community School District. The Bat, which has an eerie aura, contains rapid passages in the piano depicting the bat’s fleeting evening flight. The Praying Mantis is based on chant-like material reflecting the spiritual connotation that Nash associated with this insect. The final piece, The Llama, uses exotic harmonies and an intensifying ostinato in 7/8 meter to create the unusual atmosphere appropriate to a “beast” as uncommon as the llama (as well as the silliness of the text!). Usually this piece is performed in its original form with choir and piano. The recording on this website is for choir and winds. If you are interested in purchasing wind parts, please contact me via email.