Thanks for all the senseful nonsens answers, here's a compilation:
- This is an hilarious piece, published by Sylvian Glickman's outfit
(hildegard press). The texts are by Jack Prelutsky:
Jumping Jacks, opus 29
Stefania Maria de Kenessey
Last Night I Dreamed of Chickens
Try Never to Tickle the Twickles
I Am A Ghost Whos Lost His Boo
Were Four Ferocious Tigers
Mother Goblins Lullaby
Today Im Going Yesterday
- Check out Three nonsense songs (Edward Lear poems) by Matyas Seiber.
They are tricky, but audience effective.
- If you are interested in something for women's voices you might take
a look at "The Rattlin' Bog", arranged by Michael Braz and published by
- These aren't nonsense pieces, but might tie into your program: Riddle
This, by William Bergsma. This is a set of three pieces (two are The
The Egg) on riddle texts. Charming, fun, a bit challenging.
- Try Irving Fine's Alice in Wonderland Suite, especially "Father
William" and "The Lobster Quadrille" (words by Lewis Carroll). They are
published by Witmark and should be in print. We perform them often and
always get a chuckle.
- I think that Sam Pottle's setting of "Jabberwocky", (or any setting
matter) is generally considered a nonsense poem.
- "Water Makes One Dumb" (Wasser Macht Mann Stum" by Haydn
- I'm not sure what you mean by "nonsense," but there are two pieces for
speech choir by Ernst Toch that are always well-received, and they are
silly and somewhat "nonsenical."One piece is entitled, "Geographical
Fugue" and the other is entitled, "Valse."
- I believe there is also an SATB setting of Benjamin Britten's setting
British folk song, "Oliver Cromwell."
- I'd recommend "Vier Galgenlieder" by Finnish composer Erik Bergman.
This work is composed to the poems of Christian Morgenster and is
published by Edition Fazer, Helsinki. Have fun!
- I'm a student teacher, and my supervising teacher happened to be
reading this over my shoulder. He suggests the Grasshopper Opera.
His email is keebler1997(a)yahoo.com. His name is Ray Ellis.
Hope that helps!
- I've a nice piece of music called Tfal - Maltese for "Children" by
Prof. Charles Camilleri. Its nonsense and the lyrics go "So Ma Ti Ka
Do". When my choir sang it at a concert organised by the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs at the Manoel Theatre - the national theatre of Malta
last January, they got a standing ovation. My choir sang it is the SSAA
version. However I also have it is SATB version.
- Search on either ChoralNet or MUSICA for the word "nonsense" and
you'll get many possibilities.