Cuttings from a Nonsense Book (John Kilpatrick)

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Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2006-07-26).   Score information: A4, 54 pages, 591 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: New edition November 2014: A few minor tweaks to the music, Two new sections added making 13 in total, Re-paged and bar-numbered. Scores available: Full Score (in concert pitch) 54 pages; Vocal Score (with piano reduction) 40 pages; Parts for wind quintet in one each 12 pages, enclosed in one PDF. Also available is a User Guide (i.e. programme notes)

General Information

Title: Cuttings from a Nonsense Book
Composer: John Kilpatrick
Lyricist: Gelett Burgesscreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularCantata

Language: English
Instruments: Wind Quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon) with choir and speaker (narrator). Alternatively with piano reduction.

First published: 2005
    2nd published: 2014 – extended
Description: A 30-minute work comprising 12 numbers written to words from The Burgess Nonsense Book (Gelett Burgess, 1901) and one short section for instruments only. Designed for performance as a whole, but with the possibility of omitting sections. The Purple Cow could be performed as a mini-suite on its own.

Sections in this work

1. Introduction – Frontispiece and Epigram
2. Digital Extremities
3. Cranial Ambulation
4. City Flora
5. My Fancies
6. Fugue in 24 keys – instrumental
7a. The Minutes
7b. The Museum of Kisses
8. The Floorless Room
9. The Window
10. The Towel and the Door – (and vice-versa)
11. The Purple Cow
11a. The Purple Cow
11b. The Purpil Cowe
11c. Confession
12. Finis
13. Exit – encore

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