Mad Dog and Clever Cat
  • Mad Dog and Clever Cat
  • Mad Dog and Clever Cat
  • Mad Dog and Clever Cat
  • Mad Dog and Clever Cat
  • Mad Dog and Clever Cat
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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.'

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Das Knie (The Knee)
  • Das Knie (The Knee)
  • Das Knie (The Knee)
  • Das Knie (The Knee)
  • Das Knie (The Knee)
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Captivating, intense music of our time for mixed choir SATB (SSAATTBB). "Meant to be enjoyed or hated", says the composer.

14 pages, duration ca. 7 minutes.

The German-language poem "Das Knie" by Christian Morgenstern (6 May 1871 – 31 March 1914) is a fascinating story about a KNEE returning alone back home through countries after its "host", the man himself, was shot dead at war.

Because the piece includes numerous significant tempo, style and force, story-telling, emotion and intensity changes, it is highly recommended that the instrumental demo is listened completely from beginning to end – for the listener to be able to understand and be part of the hard voyage of this poor knee.

Level of difficulty: Somewhat challenging music for choirs with skilled to advanced singers

ISMN 979-0-9001707-8-1 (PDF)

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Nonna Luna
  • Nonna Luna
  • Nonna Luna
  • Nonna Luna
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Two Italian Romantic Solo Songs for Soprano and Piano

These traditional-style songs are very melodic and relatively simple, but are written to give the singer an opportunity to show her skills in both interpretation and vocal techniques. This is why Nonna Luna and Spine d'amor are highly suitable for, in addition to concert performances and other obvious purposes, teaching. If you are an active soprano or are teaching sopranos, these are for you

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Spine D'amor
  • Spine D'amor
  • Spine D'amor
  • Spine D'amor
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Two Italian Romantic Solo Songs for Soprano and Piano

These traditional-style songs are very melodic and relatively simple, but are written to give the singer an opportunity to show her skills in both interpretation and vocal techniques. This is why Nonna Luna and Spine d'amor are highly suitable for, in addition to concert performances and other obvious purposes, teaching. If you are an active soprano or are teaching sopranos, these are for you.

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Snowflakes
  • Snowflakes
  • Snowflakes
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This is a setting of a poem by Longfellow, expressing his sadness over the loss of one of his wives. However, the poem's sadness is tinged with a child-like appreciation of the depths of winter, with the fascination of snowflakes and the knowledge that life continues.

The piano part consists of musical snowflakes, each iteration different from all the others in some aspect but looking the same from a distance. The vocal line expresses continuity and the passage of time, while acknowledging the grief of the poet. A great piece for a recital or concert, it is available in a number of transpositions to suit all voices.

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