A Right Royal Flush
A Suite of Reinvented Nursery Rhymes for Advanced Piano
Often there is an historical context for nursery rhymes - whether securely or loosely based on fact or as the result of urban mythology, passed down through the generations.
In this collection, I've taken a handful of favourite nursery rhymes with a royal theme and reinterpreted them in the way that appeals most to my imagination. I you enjoy playing them as much as I did writing them!
Those Fiddlers Three
Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And really, who wouldn't be?!!
We can only surmise
What he smoked in his pipe
And the truth of his fiddlers three...
Truly I jest, for the subject of our tale
Was blessed with finer needs
Music poured from the walls
Of his banqueting halls
And heralded battlery!
A Pocketful of Jazz
Sing a song of sixpence for a pocketful of jazz
Crying monks and royal drunks make for great pizazz
Tear apart the churches, rob them of their bling
Lose the wife (just take her life) and lo! A happy king!
All the King's Horses
When you're the king and in charge of defence
It's never too clever to sit on the fence
As poor Humpty found to infamy eternal
Watch out for your back with your generals and colonels!
Lavender's blue - or more purple I think
And this song isn't really about queens and kings
But courting and passion have plenty in common
With right royal hijinks midst times long forgotten ...
And He Marched Them Down Again
The grand old Duke of York
Wasn't great at strategy
Let his army down
Ditched his wife and found
Solace in debauchery!
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Now, you might think all these nobles
Have the edge on foolish foibles
But there's nought so reviled
As complacence and pride
So be humble, wise and loyal!
Jocelyn E Kotchie (copyright 2015)
Grading: Approx 7th - Diploma AMEB/ANZCA