On "Jelly on a Plate" -
number of melodies capturing this children's rhyme which begins, "Jelly on a
plate jelly on a plate / With a wibbley wobbley wibbley wobbley / Jelly on a
plate ." One group performing for children forsook an oft-found duple rhythm for the
lilt of triple rhythm, and used an Irish folk tune -- a skipping song, as
recalled from their youth -- which has gone under various names and with
other lyrics. For this, the little essay on the melody takes its name from
their use of the children's rhyme, all " wibbley wobbley" as it rises from
the white keys to the black along its path.
Having surveyed the theme in a variety of triple meter
guises, a loose fugue form in duple meter follows for the fun of it, as the
white and black keys' suggested domains play against and with one another.
pages, circa 5' 30" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano
on a Plate"