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STRANGE SONGS

   Standing on head at NTSU, 1975      
        This is a collection of four vocal works; they are much expanded from original chamber versions during the summer of 2010 and spring of 2012.

          In 2004, as I was about to graduate with a BS in physics from NCSU, I wrote an odd little poem called I'm a Physicist and That's Just Fine. Not long after, I set it for baritone and piano. The arrangement here is much longer and more complex than the original song.                   

            I attended a macrobiotic meeting in Boston in 1979 where there was to be an entertainment at the end given by attendees. I quickly wrote Little Miss Nonfat as a composition that anyone who could read music could perform; it was for spoken chorus in four parts. However, my search for performers was in vain. This orchestral version is far longer and more involved than the very simple original, which was under two minutes long.

         Until February 2015, Strange Songs included Der Jammerwock, a setting of Robert Scott's 1872 translation of Jabberwocky into imaginary German. This is now withdrawn; perhaps someday I will try again.

         

            Math Class: or, Does the Zero Have Buddha-Nature? started off in 1982 as a companion spoken chorus piece to Little Miss Nonfat, also in four parts, written after a year as a physics and math major at North Texas State University. It also is much expanded in this version for chorus and orchestra. I added this to the first edition (which had the other four songs) in 2012.


          In the summer of 2003, I was doing physics at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and decided to write a satirical song about the decades of rejection I had suffered from musicians. Thus, I dedicated it to the many musicians who gave me so much material from 1984 through 2005 by turning down my music because it was too easy, too hard, too long, too brief, too classical, too popular, too modern, too old-fashioned, too secular, too religious, too fast, too slow, too serious, too humorous, they’re busy playing something else, or in short, because I wouldn’t give them money. Thankfully, since 2006 things are much better and I have found some wonderful performers.

           DeMar Neal, baritone, with Kent Lyman on the piano, performed the original song version of I'm a Physicist and That's Just Fine in the version for singer with two pianos at Carswell Auditorium, Meredith College, Raleigh NC, on February 24, 2013. This song is much expanded in the Strange Songs verson, with the addition of orchestra and chorus and more material. The recordings, and links to the video on YouTube, are below.


Photo by Lon Cooper, 1975, of me in front of the NTSU library, as printed in the campus newspaper


  Music marked by an asterisk (*) has not yet been performed.

STRANGE SONGS

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* STRANGE SONGS for Baritone, SATBariB
Chorus, and Orchestra


Duration: 18 minutes    (1979--Sept. 9, 2010;
        March 19--April 19, 2012, edited Feb. 2016)
(Valiant , Curlz, Cacfutur, Pants Patrol fonts required for Finale and PDF covers in the parts and such; please download and install)


Cover (Orchestral)


PDF Complete Orchestral Score (includes Title Page and Lyrics)

PDF Vocal Score (Voices and two pianos)


PDF Orchestral Parts

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*I.
I'm a Physicist and That's Just Fine

  With Calculated Abandon    [6:10]


PDF Score      


MP3 of Vocal Score (synth)              


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*II. Little Miss Nonfat for SATB Chorus and Orchestra    (1979--September 2010)

  Allegro macroneurotica        [4:20]    


PDF Score 


MP3 of Vocal Score (synth) 


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* III.  Math Class: or, Does the Zero Have Buddha-NatureTM?     (2012)
for  Soprano-Alto-Tenor-Bari-Bass Chorus, and Orchestra


  Allegro diploma         [4:40]


     PDF Score                Finale Score     
       
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*IV.  What I Hear After Submitting A Score:
for Baritone Solo, Soprano-Alto-Tenor-Bari-Bass Chorus, and Orchestra   (2003, 2010)


  Vivace flagrante delicto [2:50] 

PDF Score     
 



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Original Chamber Versions


I'm a Physicist and That's Just Fine

original version (2004) for Bass-Baritone and Piano 

(see Lyrics on "Physics" page)

   With Calculated Abandon 

    PDF Score                Finale Score


video (YouTube)        MP3 recording       [3:41]
premiere performance, Feb. 24, 2013 by DeMar Neal,
baritone, and Kent Lyman, piano

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Two works for spoken chorus in four parts:

 

Little Miss Nonfat    [1:20]      (1979)

   Allegro macroneurotica   Finale Score   MP3  (from 1982)

 

Math Class: or, Does the Zero

Have Buddha-Nature™?       (1982)

   Allegro diploma        Finale Score     MP3  (from 1982)

 

Full Score, PDF (both pieces) with notes

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Pagliacci

(Franco Corelli as Canio in Pagliacci)


*What I Hear After Submitting A Score:
A Dreadful Rant for Baritone Solo, Soprano-Alto-Tenor-Bari-Bass Chorus, and Two Pianos

  (2003, revised June 2010; the original had a T-Bari-B chorus)

   Vivace flagrante delicto [2:50]     MP3(synth)
                                                  
(Valiant font required)  

PDF Vocal Score (2 pianos)