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A la Carte

for SATB choir and piano

Year:  2002

Year:  2002

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton

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Sample Score

Sample: Page 1 - 2 of "O Sliver of Liver"
Page 1 - 2 of "Battle-hymn Ice-cream Connoisseur"
Page 1 - 2 of "Garbage Delight"

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These pieces are largely arrangements of David Hamilton's set of songs Garbage Delight. The pieces present a slightly jaundiced or darker view of eating and food, albeit in a humorous way. The poems were written for young people, and the original songs were aimed at the same age group - however they are fun for people of any age!

The first song O Sliver of Liver is a heartfelt plea for a dreaded food to go away. Battle-hymn of the Ice-cream Connoisseur is a short poem about the lengths one goes to in order to enjoy a favourite food. The third song, for just the women's voices, is a variant of the well-known nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb. The fourth of the cycle, I Ate Too Much, details the number of foods that have been stuffed in, but just maybe there's room for something extra after the main course! The final piece, Garbage Delight, never actually tells us just what the food of the title is, but it's obviously something special - better than jelly, ice-cream, candy or even Toffee Surprise.

The poems are by Myra Cohn Livingston (O Sliver of Liver), Adrian Mitchell (Battle-hymn of the Ice-cream Connoisseur), Jack Prelutsky (I Ate Too Much), and Dennis Lee (Garbage Delight). Mary Had a Little Lamb is by an anonymous writer.

A la Carte was arranged at the request of conductor Julie Jack-Gough for her choir Hamilton Chorale. The first and fourth pieces had already been arranged for choir in 2002, but were revised for this cycle.

Commissioned note

Arranged for conductor Julie Jackson-Gough and Hamilton Chorale

Contents note

1. O Liver of Liver
2. Battle-hymn of the Ice-cream
3. Mary Had a Little Lamb
4. I Ate Too Much
5. Garbage Delight

Text note

Text by Myra Cohn Livingston, Adrian Mitchell, Jack Prelutsky and Dennis Lee