Children’s Rhyme: A Composed Party

The composed evening began
When Beethoven made a sign
He rightly kicked off the party
with his symphony number nine

Bach brought his famous clavier
It’s well-tempered rang out his call
He thundered on the keys until
He noticed he didn’t have them all

Mozart angrily paused mid requiem
To fiddle with his magic flute
He realised his singing was better
So it went in the garbage chute

Wagner arrived with Valkyries
It was certainly an interesting sight
They said they were destined for Valhalla
And flew away into the night

Tchaikovsky danced gracefully
And sang of a Mouse King causing strife
He waved a nutcracker around his head
Claiming it would soon come to life

Vivaldi had made four seasons
truly a man of God like power
What made it even more impressive
Is it lasted less than an hour

Händel played his water music
And it had a special power too
People came from miles around
And stood in line for the loo

Haydn just sat there thinking
He took creation seriously you know
and the creation of creation for creation
Well he took that doubly so

Schubert called for a woman
Who went by the name Maria
People started asking around
But nobody had seen her

Debussy ever the loon,
Was gushing over his Clair de lune
He was in the corner convincing Chopin
His nocturne needed more moon

Mendelssohn sat on stage snoring
People discussed an underlying theme
Really he was just tired
Lost in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Brahms was the final performance
It was time to say goodbye
He put everyone to sleep
with a perfectly timed lullaby


Classical Music Month!


14 thoughts on “Children’s Rhyme: A Composed Party

    1. Thank you. I’m happy how this turned out. One of my new favorites going in to the rhyme book.
      Shame it wasn’t well received. Guess there arent as many classical fans as I thought.

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      1. well, I look forward to reading the encore then. 🙂
        I like Mark Steel’s take on Beethoven – the way to listen to it is to put it on at full volume, all your windows, lean out and yell “stop what you’re doing and listen to this, you bastards!”. Unfortunately when I did that with the ninth, my daughter said it was too loud and boring… definitely a changeling.

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      2. That is the way! Although I think most people go with valkyries or bumblebee on full volume.
        My kids listen to at least half an hour of classical music a day. If that doesn’t work I don’t know what will.

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  1. Nice take! And if it doesn’t work, you can always try the “New Horizons in Music Appreciation – Beethoven’s Fifth Sports Commentary” by Peter Shickele (P.D.Q. Bach)

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      1. I like when the conductor almost loses control to the rogue orchestra player. PDQ Bach’s “discoverer,” Peter Shickele, is supposed to be a professor at the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople, in the USA. Hoople is supposed to be a small town. This piece is from the 1967 album “Report from Hoople: P. D. Q. Bach on the Air” that is supposed to be a recording of a day’s radio programming, so the beginning with the eating and dogs was a joke on the quality of small town public radio playing shows produced by local people.

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      2. I saw a thumbnail for another video with an umpire in the orchestra 😂
        Gotta love that small town feel. I used to listen to my small town radio in late nineties. By then it was well polished.
        I wonder if Hoople has become a bustling metropolis by now 🤔

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