Performance by Dr. Mary Matthews, flute, and Dr. Hillary LaBonte, voice
"Nonsense" was composed for Dr. Hillary LaBonte and Dr. Mary Matthews. The piece uses the text found in Book of Nonsense by Edward Lear (1812-1888). The limericks are silly, whimsical, crazy, strange, fun, and should not be taken seriously. There's enough of that.
Vocal Range: D below staff to C above staff
There was a Young Lady of Bute,
Who played on a silver-gilt flute;
She played several jigs to her Uncle's white Pigs:
That amusing Young Lady of Bute.
There was an old person of Crowle,
Who lived in the nest of an owl;
When they screamed in the nest, he screamed out with the rest,
That depressing old person of Crowle.
There was an Old Lady of Chertsey,
Who made a remarkable curtsey;
She twirled round and round, till she sank underground,
Which distressed all the people of Chertsey.
There is a young lady, whose nose,
Continually prospers and grows;
When it grew out of sight, she exclaimed in a fright,
"Oh! Farewell to the end of my nose!"
V. There was an Old Man with a flute, -
A "sarpint" ran into his boot!
But he played day and night, till the "sarpint" took flight,
And avoided that Man with a flute.