Edward Lear and Music
Lear's Own Music
Beside the music for two of his own Laughable Lyrics, The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò, and The Pelican Chorus, Lear published two books of arrangements of Alfred Tennyson's poems: Robert Tear's performance of these, was published in a 1984 album entitled Tears, Idle Tears; the cassette version, published by Cabaletta Recording the same year (TCDN 5004) contains the following arrangements:
Recitals of Lear's Poems, Songs and Stories
Nonsense Verse of Carroll and Lear, read by Beatrice Lillie,
Cyril Ritchard, Stanley Holloway,
The Nonsense Songs of Edward Lear Read by David Davis,
The Owl and the Pussycat. The Jolly Nonsense of Edward Lear in
Story, Song & Poetry,
Edward Lear's Nonsense Stories and Poems, read by Claire Bloom,
People Past and Present: Edward Lear, devised and presented by
Uttered Nonsense (The Owl and the Pussycat),
The Owl and the Pussycat, written and performed by Eric Idle,
based on the poems, drawings, and writings of Edward Lear,
Arrangements of Lear's Poems
Apthorp, William F., The Owl and the Pussy-Cat,
Ingraham, Geo., The Owl and the Pussycat,
Lear's Nonsense Songs, Music by H.W. Cardew,
Ruthven Lang, Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures by Edward Lear Set
Nonsense Songs by Edward Lear, Set to Music by Dudley
Song for Children. No. 5. The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, music
by Mrs. J. Worthington Bliss (Miss Lindsay),
Calico Pie, words by Edward Lear, music by Arthur Farwell,
Three Nonsense Songs, words by Edward Lear set to music by Victor Hely-Hutchinson, London, Paterson's Publications, [© 1927]. (Includes: The Owl and the Pussy-cat, The Table and the Chair, The Duck and the Kangaroo. Many thanks to Mr Roderick Thomson for sending me the score and information about Hely-Hutchinson). V. Hely-Hutchinson also seems to have composed a 'missing' The Dong with the Luminous Nose for orchestra and choir. He has also arranged several poems by Carroll, Kipling and de la Mare (see list of works).
Searle, Humphrey, The owl and the pussy-cat: for speaker, flute,
cello, and guitar,
Birch, Robert Fairfax, The Owl and the Pussy Cat,
Hageman, Richard, The Owl and the Pussy-Cat,
Igor, The Owl and the Pussycat (1966)
Westergaard, Peter, Mr. and Mrs. Discobbolos,
chamber opera after the poem by Edward Lear (1966)
Clinton, Elliott, The owl and the pussy-cat: for women's voices
(SSAA) and piano
Buxton, The Ballad of Mr & Mrs Discobbolos for Tenor
and Piano (1970)
Bush, Geoffrey, Seven limericks, for two part choir & small
Roxburgh, Edwin, How pleasant to know Mr. Lear, for narrator
Gerhard, Roberto, The Akond of Swat : for voice and percussion
Petrassi, Goffredo, Sesto non-senso: per coro misto a cappella...,
Virgil, Cantata on poems of Edward Lear : for four-part chorus
of mixed voices with soprano and baritone solos and piano accompaniment,
Thomson, Virgil, Cantata on Poems of Edward Lear for 2 sopranos, 2 baritones, chorus and orch.
Kirkwood, Antoinette, The Akond of Swat op. 20 No. 1 for Soprano - Tenor with Guitar or Piano accompaniment.
Kirkwood, Antoinette, The Cummerbund op. 20. No. 3 for Soprano - Tenor with Guitar or Piano accompaniment.
Malcolm, The Dong with a Luminous Nose. Mezzo-soprano,
viola and piano, 1979
Beamish, Sally, Mr & Mrs Discobollos, for narrator, clarinet, violin, viola, cello or bass, and piano, 1983.
Allan, A scene from Edward Lear : for 2 choral groups and solo
Benjamin, The pobble: for SATB choir
Hill, Freddie, The Owl and the Pussycat for Voice and Doublebass Grosvenor Place, N.S.W., Reproduced and distributed by the Australian Music Centre, 1991.
Mathias, William, Learsongs: settings of Edward Lear for soprano
and alto chorus and piano duet
Benjamin, Three sea glitches: for voice and piano (baritone version)
Benjamin, Three sea glitches: for voice and piano (mezzo soprano
Jim Theobald has a number of Lear poems among his compositions, including The Quangle Wangle's Hat, The Owl and the Pussycat, The Pelican Chorus and The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo; visit Jim's Home Page for details.
John, The Owl and the Pussycat
Bee Tuan Koh, Green Pig, Broken Twigs — for young people's chorus
and youth orchestra, 1996
Richard Pearson, A Little Nonsense, songs to texts of Edward
Lear for soprano
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