On "Jelly on a Plate" - (2018)   

for piano


The 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.



5 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 score.


On "Jelly on a Plate"