Mad Dog and Clever Cat for female choir and piano
Part 1 – Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog | Part 2 – The Clever Cat
58 pages, duration ca. 27 minutes (part one 16 minutes 6 seconds, part two 10 minutes 44 seconds).
The provided MP3 instrumental demo contains both parts. Because Mad Dog and Clever Cat contains several significant force, emotion and intensity changes, it is highly recommended that, if possible, the provided audio demo is listened completely from beginning to end.
ISMN 979-0-9001707-4-3 (wire bound) | ISMN 979-0-9001707-5-0 (PDF) | ISMN 979-0-9001707-6-7 (CD-ROM)
Even though any PDF is of course fully sizable to match capabilities of any printer, 10 PDF paper sizes are readily available to be used around the world: Ansi B, Ansi C, ISO A3, ISO A4, ISO B3, Legal, Letter, Music Concert, Music Part (A), Music Part (B)
Available also as a high quality physical sheet music product with a CD-ROM disc and free worldwide shipping.
Excerpts of the official Mad Dog and Clever Cat press release:
SAYPPO GIVES LIFE TO TWO DECEASED POETS
According to composer Tapio Sayppo, the creator of 'Mad Dog and Clever Cat', he in summer 2010 found two interesting books of poetry in English in a library in Helsinki, Finland. In those books, two poems were strongly 'talking' to him, 'Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog' by Oliver Goldsmith (1730–1774) and 'The Clever Cat' by Mary Hannay Foott (née Black) (1846–1918). He decided to compose them. In February 2017 he completed the creation after working on it for a very long time.
Mr Sayppo talks about the poems.
'"Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog" in a nutshell: In a town there was a man considered to be kind and gentle. A stray dog went mad and bit him. People swore the man would die. But the man recovered of the bite, and the dog died! (What an allegory.)
"Clever Cat" in a nutshell: There was a hungry cat called William, the poorest ever seen, who did not go a-mousing, but only played the tambourine. One day he met a female cat, Princess Felina of Catland, who fell in love with him and his tambourine. They started dancing and from then on, she gave him as much food as he wanted. Now there is a cat, the fattest ever seen, who need not go a-mousing, but only plays the tambourine.'
Sayppo says: 'The beauty of this project is how art can be a bridge, connecting people living today, like you and I, with these two great poets who passed away a long time ago, making their fantastic poems, their words, their thoughts, and in a way themselves, alive again. When composing this music, I almost felt their presence. I imagined them writing their lines, perhaps in darkness with a candle on their tables. I am very glad, actually honoured, to have made them remembered again. They deserve it. Now the poems of Oliver Goldsmith and Mary Hannay Foott will be sung by fine female choirs and played by their fine pianists around the world.'