Edward Lear was, before Lewis Caroll, the master of Victorian British nonsense. Years after the success of his Book of Nonsense (1848), he published the Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets (1871), in which one find − not far from the famous The Owl and the Pussycat− this lovely bird story, Mr. and Mrs Spikky Sparrow, where the poet − also a painter and musician − shows his taste for sound colors in the ever renewed chorus.
This setting was commisioned by the festival Autour du Ventoux and first performed on August 4th, 2018 in Vaison-la-Romaine, by Benoît Menut and the composer.
This piece is suitable by a solo singer as well as by a unison choir − and one may also ask the audience to sing the chorus!
chœur à l’unisson ou voix soliste et piano