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Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 2Works Written From 2000 Onwards$
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Jane Manning

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780199390960

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199390960.001.0001

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GEOFFREY POOLE (b. 1949)Heynonnynonny Smallprint (2008)

GEOFFREY POOLE (b. 1949)Heynonnynonny Smallprint (2008)

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(p.186) GEOFFREY POOLE (b. 1949)
Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 2

Jane Manning

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes Geoffrey Poole’s Heynonnynonny Smallprint (2008). This witty, inventive showpiece gives the impression of being written in a spontaneous surge of energy. Poole has tapped a rich vein of wickedly accurate parody and sly humour in both his text and music. The piece certainly requires a special kind of singer, with a ripely uninhibited performing manner, vocal versatility, and considerable acting flair. A baritone is perhaps the ideal choice, but there is no reason why other voices should not make a success of it. The composer is sympathetic to the idea of transposition, but a strong low register will definitely be an advantage. Unaccompanied works always enliven the concert experience, and can be slotted easily into almost any recital programme. This one would also make a winning encore.

Keywords:   parody, uninhibited, modern folk-song, strophic, disco rhythms, innuendo, robotic, rap, management-speak, Marilyn Monroe

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