On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness - (2010)
medium voice and piano
This text remains under copyright and is therefore not fully reproduced
tusks which clashed in mighty brawls
Of mastodons, are billiard balls.
The sword of Charlemagne the Just....
pages, circa 2' 15" ]
short, humorous poem was first published in Guiterman's admirable
collection, Gaily the Troubadour, 1936. While the text in fully under
copyright at this time, I thought it amusing enough to set it to music for
my own simple joy. The full text is found in and article on the poet,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Guiterman As it remains under
copyright, I make the score available by fair use rules only for study,
private use and amusement, and not paid public performance.
four couplets picture different oddities, rather unrelated, and for this
four differing textures accompany the strophes.
Beneath the announcement that the poet doesn't "feel so well," the middle
voice at measure 49 intones the first line of the "Dies irae" in syncopation
against the simple dotted quarters of the outside voices.
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
On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness