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Judith Weir

Publisher: Chester Music

Don't Let That Horse (1990)
Chester Music Ltd
Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
Year Composed
2 Minutes

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Judith Weir Don't Let That Horse (1990)
Don't Let that Horse for voice and horn was written for Jane Manning and Roger Montgomery and first performed by them at the Glasgow Musica Nova Festival on 16 September 1990. The text is by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Don't let that horse

Don't let that horse
eat that violin

cried Chagall's mother

But he
kept right on

And became famous

And kept on painting
The Horse With Violin In Mouth
And when he finally finished it
he jumped up upon the horse
and rode away
waving the violin

And then with a low bow gave it
to the first naked nude he ran across

And there were no strings

Laurence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919)
(Please ask for reproduction permission at New Directions Publishing Group)

© Judith Weir

  • Soloist(s)
    Jane Manning, soprano
    Roger Montgomery
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