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Your favorite funny/amusing choral pieces for HS and adult voices?

Would you please share information about your favorite funny or amusing choral piece(s) for high school or adult voices (title, maybe composer & publisher, etc.), and tell me just a little about why you like it/them?  (Answers can be from your point of view as an audience member, or as a conductor or choir member.)  And if you have any links to performances of the piece(s) on YouTube, by your own choir or others, I would appreciate your sharing those, as well. 
 
If your own choir has performed such works, did your audiences respond positively to them?  Did the pieces ever fall flat, or fail to generate the kind of response you thought they would?  How do you go about programming them in concerts that may consist of mostly "serious" choral music?  Is it difficult to fit funny or amusing pieces into your concerts?  Do you wish there were more funny or amusing choral pieces to choose from?  Do you find there are any special challenges in performing these works successfully?  Do your choir members enjoy learning and performing such pieces?
 
Thank you!
Replies (47): Threaded | Chronological
on April 14, 2012 9:25am
Some favorites (and the high school kids tended to enjoy all of these)...
 
Cold and Fugue Season- Bach, arr. Foncanon
Banquet Fugue- Rutter
Throw the Yule Log On Uncle John- Schikele (PDQ Bach)
 
I tend to prefer funny/amusing pieces that have a level of musical sophistication to them.  I find that there are many pieces out there that intend to be funny, but that some are more successful (as well as more sophisticated) than others.
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on May 13, 2013 10:33pm
My group of 18 singers made a production number out of Banquet Fugue. Two of the men came out dressed as waiters with napkins over their arms, put a white cloth on the grand piano and set out silverware and wine glasses.  Four of the women walked in with fancy hats on, stood behind the piano,  and acted as guests in a restaurant. The waiters brought menus, as the rest of singers came on stage behind them.  I had written a fugue based on the theme and played that  from below the stage while they came on stage.  They  sang it a cappella.  The first time through was  without words using " tuh tuh tuh" so it had a detached sound and the fugue structure was apparent. Then they repeated it with lyrics.  The audience loved it. 
 
We also did The Twelve Days after Christmas.  We had lots of props--rubber chickens, soup pots, purple gloves. The best part was during  the line about shooting that " blasted partridge".  One of the men had used the pump from a children's toy--a  Stomp Rocket--and put feathers in it. One of the singers in the front pretended to shoot a rifle, he stomped, the feathers flew up, and the audience roared.  The children in the audience called "encore, encore " they liked it so much.  Not profound, but a crowd pleaser. 
on April 14, 2012 9:59am
Almost anything by PDQ Bach,
 
Die launige (not launische) Forelle by Franz Schöggl http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZSpUym27Gk 
 
 
on April 14, 2012 10:20am
This is SO interesting.  I don't find the BAnquet Fuge interesting in the LEAST.  I love how we are all int he same field with the same issues that we deal with daily but we have SUCH differnt opinions on how to make music. That is what makes it all so fascinating.
 
Sam Pottle's Jabberwocky.  Not hard, fun, clever to use such a nonsense text, dramtic in a cheeky way, has some percussion isntruemnts (silly ones) you can add for comic effect, but it's solid musically, if not profound, and a really  good choir can make it sound really good, while a modest choir can do it justice.  Ihjaven't done it in years but my audiences always liked it, and so did my singers.
 
I've had good success with Gwyneth Walker's Banks of the Ohio, third of her Love-By The Water set.  She's extremely clever.  This calls for some shtick - the women put on bathing caps and goggles at one point, though you really only need a few in the front to do it.  Of course some of my adult isngers were reluctant, others got into it. Audience loved it. And it's absolutely real music.  She has some others like that, I believe, thou of course they don't come to mind as I write.
 
I did a concert called From the Ridiculous to the Sublime.  Some pieces other than those:
 
Alec Wilder, Lullabies and Nightsongs, arr Don Lang.  I pick and choose - they aren't all funny.  I think the telephone book one is stupid, others love it.  there ya go!
 
Eric Whitacre (who?), Animal Crackers, set 1.  Love this set.  
 
Love Lost (or is it Lost Love), Paul Sjolund.  VERY clever set.  The first one tires after a while, but the other 3 are great.
 
Telemarkeeting Blues, Paul Raredin.  Audience and singers liked.  Might be outdated textually now, you'd have to look.  Women, I think.
 
For that concert a local composer who is QUITE good, Steve Murray (some will have heard us do a pice of his in Providence recently) set a few texts:
   While You Hear Do Snoring Lie (Shakespeare)
   O Proud Left Foot - very clever, it's a Shakespearing parody of the hokey-pokey!  Every one loved this as much for the text as anything, of ocurse.
   Happiness for men - Steve wrote this to go with the womens' peice above.
Happy to put anyone in touch with Steve or to send scores and mp3s without telling Steve!
 
Pal Pa Haugen/Paul and His Chickens, arr Brad Ellingboe - moderately amusing, worth a look.
 
Oliver Cromwell is buried and dead, arr WIlliam Locke
 
Please Kind Sir from Art of the Ground Round, PDQ Bach.
 
I like a lot Kirke Mechem's Love and Pizen, clever and musicall interesting.
 
Then there are "clever" peices that aren't actually funny as in laughing, like Billings Modern Music.  I like Il est bel et bon, for instance, but I ham up the chickens. Still, it's not funny.  Lots of these.  And laughing pieces, like many settings of the Laughing Song.  Gwyneth Walker's Bicycle Built for Two is another wonderful piece, from her set The Rose, the Briar and the Bicycle.  (It's got anotehr name beisdes Bicycle Built for Two, so you have to look under the set.)
 
As to your other questions, YES, it's hard to find great pieces that really are worth doing.  The ones above that made the cut came from a list of 20-30pieces that were supposedly amusing.  Nothing falls flatter than a funny piece that isn't. And choir members HATE rehearsing a piece for weeks that turns out not to be all that amusing.  And programming them is hard, hence the Ridiculous to the Sublime.  LOTS easier to find the sublime.
 
If you want to contact me diretly I'm happy to send mp3s or scores or programs or whatever.
 
Good luck!  Let us know what you finally choose and whether it works!
 
David
janower(a)albany.edu
 
 
on April 14, 2012 12:26pm
Julia,
 
Have you tried to search in Musica database by just input the criterion "funny" ?
 
There are so many titles coming out that you need to add additional criteria  (and using by the way the search form "More criteria" to be more precise in your search)
 
 
Enjoy
Jean
on April 15, 2012 8:58am
The piece "Alice" is a singer and audience favourite.  Based on Lewis Carroll's classic tale, the song takes listeners on a humourous adventure down the rabbit hole.  The piece is available in SSA, SATB and SA voicings and can be ordered in pdf or hard copy format.  The piece was recently performed by the National Youth Choir of Canada and featured on CBC radio.  To listen to this performance and see a score sample, please visit http://www.sarahquartel.com/ssa.php.
 
Happy hunting!
 
~Sarah
 
on April 15, 2012 1:41pm
I did a concert of humorous music with the South Bend Chamber Singers entitled "Choral Chortles."
 
The Program follows:
 
]]>

Musical Risotto (Jonathan Willcocks)

                                                                                                      

Give Me a Laundry List (and I'll set it to music) (Elizabeth Alexander)

                                                                                                                         

Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron (arr. John Rutter)

                                                                                                                          

Birds (John Biggs)

                                                                                                                     

Clocks (Stephen Chatman)

     from Time Pieces                                                                                    

 

Downshift (Mark Vance)

                                                                                                                    

Bagels and Biscuits (Theodore Lucas)\

 

Play with Your Food! (premiere) (Paul Carey)

                                                                                                            

I.               Summer's Bounty

II.             Mashed Potato/Love Poem

III.           Fred

IV.           After the Muffin

V.             Vending Machine

 

The Stove (Zae Munn) (SSA)

                                                                                                                             

The Grand Hotel (Stephen Chatman) TTBB

 

Farewell Overture (Jean Belmont)

                                                                                                                 

 
on April 16, 2012 8:04am
Tim Y Jones - The Pirate Song
on April 16, 2012 11:44am
My very favorite is a piece called Italian Salad by Franz Friedrich Richard Genee, and arranged for chorus and bass soloist with piano acc. by Alec Rowley.  It is published by both Oxford Univ. Press in a collection called Encores for Choirs (which I used in my performance) and J. Curwen USA (60663).  With a text that is entirely Italian musical terms, it mimics the 19th cen. Italian grand opera style.   It's very cleverly written, and the audience loved it. The soloist must do a convincing imitation of an operatic bass, with a small order of ham on the side. 
 
I also second the mention of some of the other pieces already submitted, such as Pottle's Jabberwocky, Ellingboe's Paul and his Chickens, and the P.D.Q. Bach stuff.
 
Happy decision-making.
 
Richard Householder
University of Windsor
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on April 18, 2012 1:45pm
While not always funny per se, I always did a program madrigal dealing with animals at my HS Madrigal dinners and the would at least get a chuckle...
Lemlin - Der Gautsgauch
Scandello - Ein hennlein weiss
all the PDQ Bach things , also look at his oratorio "The Seasonings"
Stroope - Old Horatius had a Farm (Doing this w/ my college group now and they think it's a hoot!)
Di Lasso - Audite Nova (The big fat goose)
 
Michael Wade
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on April 18, 2012 1:46pm
Gail Kubik's "Oh dear, what can the matter be" is amusing, particularly the part where the basses sing, "he promised he'd bring me a bunch of red roses," in a lower part of their range.  I believe this is part of a two-song set with "Polly wally doodle." (??)
 
I had success once programming Morley's "My Bonny Lass She Smileth," immediately followed by PDQ Bach's, "My Bonny Lass She Smelleth."
 
With a little creative staging and/or some props, the choral arrangement of Copland's "I bought me a cat" could be quite entertaining. 
 
I have sung a choral arrangement of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker."  I believe it's for double chorus and piano four hands.  Not really "funny," but sort of clever and amusing as I recall it.
 
Cory
on April 19, 2012 6:19am
Just want to say thank you so much to all of you who have responded to my query, and to all others who may respond in the future.  I am just a newbie composer who is trying to find a niche in the composing world, and am considering trying to specialize in pieces that are happy or amusing or funny--ones that would at least make audiences smile.  I've only composed one such piece so far, but it was just so much fun creating it that it helped my own state of mind, and it actually generated some positive feedback when I announced it here on ChoralNet, that I thought hmmmmm, maybe I could do more like that one.  But in all the choral concerts I have attended over many, many years (I am an OLD newbie composer), smile-generating pieces were very few and far between, often entirely absent, and I just needed some help in learning about the best of what was already out there and how it was received.
 
There is already so much beautiful "serious" choral music available, and considering the tough times we are all going through, and are likely to go through for some time to come, perhaps there is room for more lighter and amusing contemporary pieces?  I don't know...I'm still trying to feel my way in all of this.
on April 19, 2012 7:55am
Just Give Me Some Joe by John Jacobson, for a touch of jazzy flair!
 
on April 19, 2012 10:16am
Please see my description of my short piece, "How they brought the good news by sea," under Michael Dell's search for Christmas works about animals. This piece has always
been received with much audience approval.
on April 20, 2012 8:47am
"Don't Marry a Man If He Drinks" - SSA - Parkhurst/arr. Sinclair - old tyme song warning young girls about the dangers of alcoholism - melodramatic
A favorite, and a challenge:  "El Hambo" - Mantyjarvi - SSAATTBB a cappella - Walton - parallel major triads, musical nods to the Muppets' "Swedish Chef," unexpected meter changes here and there, fun possibilities with tone
"Feller from Fortune" - Somers - SATB
on April 20, 2012 12:46pm
My $.02 goes toward "Insalata Italiana" which is also available on CPDL, though not as well typeset as a professional publication. Peter Schikele also wrote a set of pieces called, "Songs I Taught My Mother" that the Ithaca College Choir premiered back when I was an undergrad in the late 80's. The middle piece, "Singing With the Vacuum Cleaner" is especially memorable for the monotone tenor part!
on April 21, 2012 5:32am
Please explore the genre of the ITALIAN MADRIGAL COMEDY c.1570-1630 by geniuses such as Vecchi, Banchieri etal.
Loaded  with Commedia del arte schtiks, sophisticated word & sound play, and insight into the socialogy of the time..
sadly ignored.
HAVE FUN
SIR
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on April 21, 2012 12:05pm
Hi Julia:
 
One of my pieces for women's chorus is remarkably
silly.  It is called Rabbit Skunk.  It was commissioned
by the Peninsula Women's Chorus.  The text is by an elementary
school student: 
 
Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit come out of your hole
Skipity scopity skipity scop skipity scopity
hop hop hop come out come out
little rabbit come out Come Out.
Please I will grant you a wish for a fish
a million bugs for a great big hug.
 
Okay, I'll come out.  SPRAY
ehew, gross, a skunk
oh man, now I have to soak in tomato juice.
 
The music is moderately difficult, with a lively fugue as 
the speaker imagines a hopping rabbit.  The tonality
is seriously disrupted when the animal in question is
discovered to be a skunk, doing what skunks do.
 
Originally written for women's voices; a mixed
chorus version has enjoyed a few successful performances.
Visit the composers showcase to hear the treble version and see the score:
 
 
Unpublished.
 
Brian Holmes
 
 
 
on April 21, 2012 12:38pm
My humble contribution to this interesting discussion - Rossini's "Cat Duet" for two solo sopranos; and SATB "Old Mother Hubbard." We've also got a version of an Anglican chant, but sung with the words of the weather forecast.
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on April 22, 2012 3:17pm
As another humble contribution to the discussion- how about the Three Choruses for SATB Chorus from "Alice in Wonderland" by Irving Fine. These would be: The "Lobster's Quadrille," "Father William" and "The Duchess' Lullaby or is The Lullaby of the Duchess"(Title?) My choir likes singing these witty texts which are set in well-crafted and sophiscated music by a composer who doesn't always get his due. The third in the set might be a problem because its "severe" satire- severe being when the duchess admonishes one to speak roughly to the little boy and beat him when he sneezes. Hopefully audiences can recognize satire.
 
_Jonathan Drake
on April 23, 2012 3:42am
Gawthrop's Gaelic Blessing is a great twist. Beautiful writing with a cute text. "may those that love us, love us. And those that don't love us, May God turn their hearts. And if he doesn't turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles, so we'll know them by their limping.
on April 23, 2012 6:19am
Ken Medema's "Moses" is a fun piece to perform and is pretty funny for the audience...it was always a hit when we performed 
it in University Chorale!  Also, there are several Broadway choral arrangements/revues that are amusing and fun for the audience,
especially with a little choreography or at least a slight wardrobe change or addition.  Several high school choirs have performed 
pieces from "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" such as "A Book Report on Peter Rabbit."  Also, many of Lieber and Stoller's songs
from "Smokey Joe's Cafe" are also a lot of fun and have been arranged for SATB.
 
 
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on April 23, 2012 8:31am
WOW!  Your suggestions just keep on coming--thank you so much everyone!
on April 24, 2012 5:17am
Julia -- for a holiday tickler, you might like "Jingle Bells Hallelujah Chorus," in which the words to these two iconic tunes are switched.  You will totally understand why it's so funny when you see the YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jci6yQ7t8W4   Scores are available from me at singwow (at) comcast.net.  The audience went crazy.
 
I also have a funny piece that Hinshaw has published in SATB and TTBB versions, called "A Tickle."  It's about a minute and a half, sort of capturing how a tickling match starts slowly and builds to a full boil.  Audiences lap it up. 
 
Best,
Jonathan Miller
on April 24, 2012 5:41am
One of my favorites is an old one "Songs Mein Grossmama Sang".  It is in "German"  (Little Bo-Peepen ben losen der sheepen, for example) If memory serves 3-4 short songs.)  Also love Whitacre's "Animal Crackers" Vol 1 &2.
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on April 30, 2012 8:19am
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Kurt Knenect's "Manly Men"  (Sorry, I may have his last name spelled wrong. :(   )
Anyway, the piece is hilarious.  I've always wanted to subtly-but-pointedly choreograph it, because I think groups rarely do justice to the potential of the jokes.  Georgia All-State Sr. Men did it in 2005 and it 'brought down the house".  I own no copyright here - just for sharing; please be careful!  There are many versions on youtube - this youtube version has good singing and choreography:
 
on July 28, 2012 7:02am
My wife and I have two pieces we wrote on commission for the Chicago Symphony Chorus Welcome Yule concerts in 1995 and 2011. Audiences loved them, according to director Duain Wolfe. The first is THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS (SSAATTBB a cappella or with piano accompaniment) and has been reprised by the CSO a few times.
 
or
 
and the second is DEAR SANTA, (SATB a cappella with optional children's chorus)  a short set of questions from kids to Santa and his replies.
 
I have also written a welcome piece for high school chorus and up. HOW DO YOU DO? (SATB, a cappella or with piano) was premiered in Tokyo but unperformed in the US. 
 
Perusal copies of these three on request from dsosin at gmail.  We are the publishers.
on July 29, 2012 5:18am
Hello Julia,
 
I once did an entire concert of humorous music entitled "Choral Chortles."  The program is below.  We also had a narration to go along with it that I'll be happy to send you if you like...just email me.
 
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South Bend Chamber Singers

 Nancy Menk, conductor

 

present

 

CHORAL CHORTLES

Humor in Choral Music

 

Sunday, March 6, 2005

7:30 p.m.

O'Laughlin Auditorium

 

 

 

PROGRAM

Mark Abram-Copenhaver, Narrator

 

 

Musical Risotto…………………………………………………..Jonathan Willcocks

                                                                                                                           (b. 1953)


Give Me a Laundry List (and I'll set it to music)……………  Elizabeth Alexander

                                                                                                                           (b. 1962)

 

Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron……………………….….Traditional Song

                                                                                                              arr. John Rutter

                                                                                                                            (b. 1945)

 

Birds………………………………………………………………………..John Biggs

                                                                                                                          (b. 1932)

 

Clocks………………………………………………………………Stephen Chatman

     from Time Pieces                                                                                          (b. 1950)

 

Downshift…………………………………………………………….…..Mark Vance

                                                                                                                           (b. 1951)

 

INTERMISSION

 

 

Bagels and Biscuits…………………………………….…….………Theodore Lucas

                                                                                                                         

 

Play with Your Food! (premiere) ……………………………………..…Paul Carey

                                                                                                                           (b. 1954)

I.               Summer's Bounty

II.             Mashed Potato/Love Poem

III.           Fred

IV.           After the Muffin

V.             Vending Machine

 


The Stove…………………………………………………………………...…..Zae Munn

                                                                                                                                 (b. 1953)

The Women of the Chamber Singers

 

The Grand Hotel……………………………………………..……….Stephen Chatman

 

The Men of the Chamber Singers


 

Farewell Overture…………………………………………..……………..Jean Belmont

                                                                                                                                (b. 1939)

 

 

 

Please join us for a reception in the Lobby,

 featuring the culinary delights(?) mentioned in our music!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
on July 29, 2012 5:21am
Oop...sorry...didn't know I had already replied to this awhile ago!
on July 29, 2012 11:58am
Mary, Molly, and June - Vaclav Nelhybel from "Two Parables" SATB (very clever use of rhythms and dailogue between men vs. women)
Oh Dear, What Can the Meter Be - Vijay Singh, National Music Publishers/Fred Bock SATB (loosely based on the folk melody....very different from the G. Kubik version....tricky rhythms)
Mary A Woman Uglier Than You - arr. DePaur TTBB King Singers recorded this...charmingly un-PC but always makes an audience smile!
Eat Your Vegetables - John Muelheisen SATB Entertaining and musically very hip....the rutabega one kills me!
 
As a composer myself, I always look forward to writing humorous pieces....there are so many lovely beautiful pieces out there but, alas, not as many humorous ones........check out Jackson Berkey's works too...he is a fantastic and creative arranger.  VS
 
on May 10, 2013 9:08pm
Hello-
 
Apologies for ressurecting such an old thread but I've gotta point you to a wild work of my own.  It's a setting of "What Are Children Made Of?".
 
Here's a link:
 
on May 10, 2013 11:09pm
There's an amusing piece called "Figgy Pudding" by Robin Eschner that I did for a holiday show.  Also did "Grandma's Killer Fruitcake" where students did some improvised acting.  Both of these were quite successfully amusing.  Also the standard setting of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" is highly entertaining.
on May 12, 2013 5:24am
Good Morning,  I have composed a setting of The Walrus and the Carpenter, the darkly humorous poem which appears in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. 
It's a long poem so it's a rather extended piece, about 13:00 SATB and piano, a kind of cantata in one movement. It's only of medium difficulty and has not yet been performed.
I could send you a PDF of the Sibelius score, and also an mp3 audiio file.
 
Please have a look at my other choral works on my ChoralNet page.
 
Regards, James Johnson
Williams BA 1964, Yale DMA 1978, organist in Adolphus Busch Hall at Harvard 1971-1991, AGO, ASCAP, Mensa, Who's Who in America, www.jamesjohnsonmusic.net
on May 12, 2013 8:29am
Must include Daniel Gawthrop's   'Pie Carols' ........   very funny, fun to perform, audiences love these.
 
on May 12, 2013 2:02pm
I'd like to heartily recommend the "Modern Madrigals" by our own Mike O'Mara.  My high school chorale worked very hard this spring on one of these, "This is Why My Homework Isn't Done," which Mike very kindly arranged for SAB when I asked if he had a version in that voicing.  I am planning to use another one, "No, I Will Not Date You, Sir" with my womens' choir next year.  They are cleverly arranged, and absolutely hilarious.
on May 12, 2013 4:34pm
Several suggestions for your consideration:
 
Contrapunto Bestiale Alle Mente (Animal Counterpoint of the World) by Adriano Banchieri (1567-1634) should be included.  Besides the "Fa-La-La's," it has a bevy of imitative animal sounds.  So that works with audiences of almost any age or language.
 
For ChoralNet's list but not for the faint of heart:  Drei Satiren für gemischten Chor op. 28 by Arnold Schönberg.
 
Now from the USA:  William Schuman's "Mail Order Madrigals" are classic, and their texts from ads of a bygone era, e.g. for patent medicines, are guaranteed to get a chuckle.   I prefer his “Five Rounds on Famous Words,” for their musical wit and craftsmanship.  These aphorisms are light-hearted if not belly-laugh material. Published by Theodore Presser.
 
In a similar vein are Norman Luboff’s “Much Ado About Nothings” – called 13 paradoxical pithy paraphrases for punaccompanied pchoir and “Much More Ado About Nothings.”  I’m not familiar with these (and other humorous Luboff pieces like the “Ben Franklin Sez” collection) but he sure knew how to write for chorus.  (Walton)
 
"Three Rounds" by the late, great Jack Beeson start and end with two fun, up-tempo pieces "Give the Poor Singer A Penny" and "Boys and Girls Together."  The middle one, "Greener Pastures" also seems good, but may not be as effective.  (Boosey & Hawkes)
 
Gian Carlo Menotti's "Moans, Groans, Cries & Sighs" -- or A Composer At Work -- is one I've always wanted to do.  It's scored AATBBB, so could be a challenge to do with SAATBB if you don't have many low voices.  Also, challenging to perform but seems worth it.  (G. Schirmer)
 
"Reuben and Rachel" is a humorous courting song.  The State Department chorus has enjoyed my arrangement and programmed it for their next concert.  Details at this HohMade Music link.  That set “Old American Beauties:  Five 19th-Century Parlor Songs” also includes “The Captain” for SSA, which is funny.
 
Above are a cappella.
 
Irving Fine's "Choral New Yorker" is a fun set, starting with a gathering of gossips (Hen Party).  Then two more funny pieces, one for sops & altos, the other for tenors & basses.  The closer is sentimental.  2014 is the 100th Anniversary of his birth, I hope these and others of his works get performed in upcoming seasons!
 
Finally, a longer work of mine:  "A Few Plain Hints:  William Walker’s Words for Singers” sets the quirky advice from The Southern Harmony for a few soloists, SATB and piano.  Feel free to mix and match from the 11 short pieces.  “When Singing In Concert” and “Too Long Singing Injures The Lungs” are two of funniest, but the spoken fugue in “Learners Should Beat Time” seems to elicit the most laughs. 
 
I can't wait to see the whole list!  
 
chris
 
Christopher J. Hoh
on May 13, 2013 7:01am
I am a member of the Turtle Creek chorale, and we had a blast with "Jalapeno" - The Hallelujah Chorus using a text all about mexican food.  The version we used was TTBB, but the since the music is traditional, SATB should be easy.  Not published; you'll have to contact the Chorale to get a copy.  
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on May 13, 2013 7:09am
You'll recall my suggestion of last year about the ITALIAN MADRIGAL COMIDIES-  they will continue, as for the last 500 years - to give pleasure, however we've recently- along with unfunny Ives- worked on David Blackwell's SATB arrangement of Cole Porters sophisticated "Lets Do It".
SIR
www.RenaissanceChorus.org
on May 14, 2013 5:10am
My community chorus (SATB) just performed Jalpeno (to Hallelujah Chorus) also.  Audience loved it! In fact jumped to their feet after it.  It is funny...especially when hammed up.
on May 14, 2013 5:33am
Well, in that you are 'ressurecting', Chris, here's one by the 'late' Donald Patriquin: Epitaphs (from an English Churchyard) You can see and hear it
There are a couple more in the same "SORTILEGE" set, including one on food, ending with the conductor's (polite) burp.
 
Donald
on May 14, 2013 6:03am
The late Lesley Hopwood Meyer wrote the only Christmas carol I've ever seen on a Dickens text: *Fezziwig's Ball;* I have an arrangement for SATB (some divisi) a cappella; unpublished. I have scores and recordings if this might be of interest.
 
Robert A.M. Ross
info(a)robertamross.com
on May 16, 2013 7:11am
LOVE LOST (four satirical poems on love) SATB   Paul Sjolund     Walton   HL08500855   W2702
four very brief satires -- clever, fun, and the singers and audience love 'em
 
 
 
Leonard Enns
on May 17, 2013 12:35pm
Country Dances by Ward Swingle is a virtuoso 8-part choir piece that has audiences on the edge of their seats.  To perform this well requires a spirited choir with skills in diction and rhythmic accuracy.  Use it as a finale or encore and in any country, whether or not they understand the words. 
on May 21, 2013 1:34pm
One other thought:  I've noticed most replies are targeting older/more advanced repertoire, which is fine.....on the other hand, there are a number of funny/amusing choral pieces that are appropriate for younger HS voices/Jr. High/MS singers and are every bit as humorous and deserve performances (audiences love it when they get to smile and share in humor!).  As a composer, I do try to make an effort to write for a variety of voicings/difficulty levels, etc......simpler music doesn't always mean "less-deserved or unmusical" just as musical density doesn't always equate quality.  Sometimes I wonder if we have become seduced by how dense/difficult/tricky we can make music........esoteric music has academic and creative value, yes, but we must also cultivate memorable pieces, melodies, and lyrics that appeal to our audiences.  Just my thoughts.........anyway, I offer a few more funny/amusing choral pieces for consideration....these work for younger HS groups and non-mixed ensembles:
The Badger and the Flea - V. Singh  SATB w/piano and oboe (Alliance)  Quirky and humorous
Sacramento Sis Joe - arr. Jackson Berkey  SATB w/2 pianos or mallets/perc. or TTBB w/same (SDG Press) Brilliant use of folk melodies, rhythms, and creative humor
Finnan Haddie - V. Singh TTBB w/piano, recorder, opt. guitar (Alfred/Belwin)  Funny text/story in Celtic folk style about unrequited love due to odiferous fish
Reuben, Reuben -arr. V. Singh SSA w/piano (National Music Publishers/Fred Bock)  American Folk Song with funny lyric...perfect for younger gals to sing w/attitude!
You Married Him -Vaclav Nehlybel SATB/SSATBB  (Belwin) the other part of "Two Parables".....not easy, but very funny.."He was short, big nose, little feet..."
Shh! - V. Singh 4 part speaking chorus (Heritage) No pitches, just rhythmic use of the "Shh" in humorous banter between 4 parts in conversational way...perfect for noisy audiences
My Boney Lass She Smelleth - PDQ Bach SATB...classic already mentioned, but never fails to make audiences smile!
Peace,  VS
on May 22, 2013 8:14am
Eric Whitacre's "Animal Crackers" based on Ogden Nash limericks are brief, well-written, and full of vivid (and hilarious) text-painting.  Good for high school (with reasonably mature ranges)  or adult choirs.
And the good ol' "Mouse Madrigal," although I sometimes wonder in this sensitive day and age if the farmer's wife cutting off the mouse tails with a knife would be considered too graphic...
For women's voices, "Alley Cat Serenade" and "Mashed Potato Love Song" by Paul Carey.
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