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Richard Rodney Bennett

Publisher: Novello & Co

Nonsense (1979)
Text Writer
Mervyn Peake
Novello & Co Ltd
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
20 Minutes
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Programme Note
Nonsense was composed in 1979, but was not performed until its revised version in 1984. It is a setting for youth choir and piano duet of the seven poems by Mervyn Peake:

1 Of Pygmies, Palms and Pirates
2 Aunts and Uncles
3 Lean Sideways on the Wind
4 O Here It Is! And there it is!
5 How Fly the Birds of Heaven
6 The Men In Bowler Hats
7 The Dwarf of Battersea

Nonsense was first performed by the National Youth Choir of Great Britain conducted by Michael Brewer accompanied by the composer and Susan Bradshaw (pianos) on 18th July 1984 at the Gateway Theatre, Chester as part of the Chester Summer Music Festival.

  • Ensemble
    Market Harborough Singers
    David Beavan
    Forties Recording Company:
  • 14 JUL 2018
    Auden Theatre, Holt, UK
    Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society
    Philip Adams, piano; Michael Finnissy, piano; David Ballard, conductor
  • 26 NOV 2016
    Market Drayton, UK
    Market Drayton Choral Society
  • 28 JUN 2014
    St Andrew's Church, Surbiton, Kingston upon Thames
    Kingston Choral Society
  • 14 JUL 2012
    St Michael & All Angel, Turnham Green, London
    Addison Singers
    Matthew Hough & Matthew O'Sullivan (piano)
  • 28 MAY 2008
    Merkin Hall, Kaufman Center, New York
    New Amsterdam Singers
  • 05 MAR 2006
    Richard Rodney Bennett at 70
    Arts Theatre, Latmyer Upper School, Hammersmith
    BBC Symphony Chorus
    Stephen Jackson, conductor

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