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humorous choral music

While at Furman I did a biennial PDQ Bach Festival for 25 years or so....always fun, always crowd pleaser, and had the singers always dress in anything BUT the usual formal attire.   Fun for the students, and visually interesting and humorous for audience.
Many good humorous suggestions already listed in this blog.
also check out  Franz Josef Haydn (yes, the Classic Haydn) and his set of "Part Songs".  Available in German and in humorous English.  Belwin Mills/Kalmus 6235  (German)
Arista AE 131 - 139   (English)
William Bergsma   "Riddle me this"    three clever riddles, excellent musical settings   (The Snow, the Egg, The Cow: Answers0
Galaxy Music Corp   (yes, old publication! ) No. 2125, 2126, 2127
and A MUST FOR ALL CHORAL MUSICIANS...............   Daniel Gawthrop  (of "Sing me to heaven")  PIE CAROLS.
Dunstan House publisher          really, really funny texts about holiday pies, set to well-known carol music.   Hilarious!
Bing Vick
Furman University retired
Conductor, Greenville Chorale
on April 23, 2012 7:46am
I would really recommend that you look at "Festival of Carols in 2 Minutes" by The London Quartet, published by Edition Peters (EP72219).  There are 18 carols included in a piece which lasts just two minutes.  You can hear it on the Christmas with The London Quartet CD (iTunes).  
on April 24, 2012 12:06pm
the Weasel Cantata, which is available from St. James Music Press
on April 24, 2012 5:23pm
I have done an updated adaptation of Bach's Coffee Cantata called the "Latte Cantate." More information at
on April 24, 2012 6:18pm
Carl Zytowski's *Ave Mater Anser!* ("Hail, Mother Goose!")—SATB & piano; Hinshaw. Three nursery rhymes translated into Latin: Parvus Jacobus Horner (in the style of Handel); Parvula Bo-Peep (in the style of Schubert), and Jack cum Amico Jill (in the style of Orff).
Z. Randall Stroope's *Old Horatius Had a Farm* (SATB a capp; used to be Mark Foster). Old MacDonald translated into Latin...
I'll post more as I think of them; hope this helps...
Robert A.M. Ross
on April 25, 2012 1:36pm
The original thread grew this side thread (it's spring, after all)--thanks very much to all of you here for your suggestions, as well!
on May 2, 2012 9:25am
Take a look at my "Oh Dear, What Can the Meter Be?" SATB a cappella published by National Music Publishers/Fred Bock/HL....tricky multi-meter humorous take on American folk song......also, check out "The Badger and the Flea" SATB w/piano and oboe published by Alliance....very funny and quirky!  For TTBB, check out "Finnan Haddie" from my Celtic Songs set...published through Alfred......for SSA, look at "Johnny Said No!"....gossipy fun a cappela. Best wishes,  Vijay Singh
on May 2, 2012 11:26am
Mr. Vick, you might take a look at my epic cantata in one movement, "The Walrus and the Carpenter," SATB & piano, 13:00, being a setting of the 
ironically amusing poem from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. To my knowledge it is the first musical setting of the poem. Humorous indeed,
but alas, ultimately tragic. Not really all that difficult for the singers, but a quick witted pianist is needed. I would suggest that the conductor be attired
as the Walrus (which most already are) and the pianist attired as the Carpenter, following the Tenniel illustrations that have appeared in most editions.
on May 3, 2012 8:42am
You might consider - "Eat Your Vegetables" (click on words to see a video of it) by John Muehleisen.  #1 - Zucchini, is pretty sedate, #2 - features a human carrot, #3 - cheerleader and balinese monkey chant-like utterations over Rutabagas.
John particularly liked the "choralography" on the second two when he saw the video. . .
on May 4, 2012 7:15am
Per Spelmann, for choir, jilted cow, cowbell, fiddle and piano.  arr. Ben Allaway
Written for Garrison Keillor's show, Tom Keith provided the hysterical "jilted cow" who moos very expressively reacting to the news that she is being traded for a violin...   Dick Larson took it on tour to Norway and had them rolling in the aisles!
Available from Thresholds Music Press,
Applauded by an audience of 1
on May 4, 2012 9:58am
Another piece you might or might not consider is my Rabbit Skunk.
SATB and piano or SSAA and piano.  The poem was written by
an elementary school student.  It deals with the tribulations of
someone who summons a rabbit, only to discover that it's
a skunk.  With the result one would expect.  Moderately
difficult, with an elaborate fugue on the theme skippity
skoppity hop hop hop.  Moderately difficult.
A score and recording of the treble version (commissioned and 
performed by the Peninsula Women's Chorus) is available
on the Composer's Showcase.
Oh man, now I have to soak in tomato juice!
Brian Holmes
on May 4, 2012 12:36pm
I have done several choral transcriptions of instrumental works that use vocables and are pretty amusing.
The William Tell Overture, which has been performed by a fair number of local choirs besides my own. I used the word "giddy-up" sometimes, and audiences laugh out loud.  Kind of challenging.
The Stars and Stripes Forever, complete with the piccolo part!  just finished this one and rehearsed it for the first time with my chorus this last week.  Their eyes really lit up as they read through it--they loved it.  Surprisingly, not too difficult.
The famous theme from Also Sprach Zarathustra used in 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Performed it in 2000, the turn of the century of course!
The Overture to the Nutcracker--quite difficult, but rather a showpiece IF the chorus can handle it.  Mine did, more or less!
Linda Gingrich
on May 5, 2012 12:29pm
Please consider An Easy Decisionhumorous text by Kenneth Patchen, SATB & piano, ECS publishing #6747. Visit to see a PDF of the score and hear a performance. This piece is available from the publisher's exclusive distributor, Canticle Distributing (Morningstar rmusic, URL below). It's a very brief piece and very easy to learn. Thank you for your consideration. 
Stanley M. Hoffman
on May 7, 2012 8:35pm
-Counterpoint of the Animals (madrigal)
-Three 'Alice in Wonderland' settings (published by Warner Brothers; can't remember the composer) - Father William, Lullabye of the Duchess, and something else
-Banquet Fugue (John Rutter)
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