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Lyr Req: My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth (P Schickele)

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John in Brisbane 09 Feb 00 - 07:03 PM
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Subject: My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 09 Feb 00 - 07:03 PM

OK, so it looks like a joke, and maybe it is. I came across this nice little madrigal tune with five harmony parts (SSATB)that I thought that Mudcatters could have some fun with. It's on a Web site from Three Quick Beats in a Bar and the composer info is supposedly - My Bonny Lass She Smelleth P.D.Q. Bach. Most of their material comes from the 18th and 17th centuries, but this one could be a ring-in. Any help with lyrics please? Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Bonnie She Smelleth
From: GUEST,T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird)
Date: 09 Feb 00 - 08:07 PM

The piece is by Peter Schickele ("P. D. Q. Bach") and purports to be one of two surviving madrigals from The Triumphs of Thusnelda. It is, of course, a take-off on "My Bonny Lass she Smileth".

Schickele must have a web site someplace.

T.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Bonnie She Smelleth
From: sophocleese
Date: 09 Feb 00 - 11:17 PM

You might also get a kick out of the Ground Round "Please Kind Sir". If I can dig up the lyrics for you I will but I think they lie in an old friend's house many miles away.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Bonnie She Smelleth
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 09 Feb 00 - 11:25 PM

Thanks Peter, there are lot of sites re PDQ Bach. I had vaguely heard about him in the past - to say that he is a prodigious musician would be an understatement - and such fascinating output. I could not get withina smell of actual lyrics though.

Soph, is the song you mentioned one of his? I may have missed it in the list of his works, but as per above given the number of works he has created I'm not surprised.

Hope that someone can provide the lyrics. Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Bonnie She Smelleth
From: jeffp
Date: 10 Feb 00 - 09:55 AM

P.D.Q. Bach is the last, and oddest, of J.S. Bach's 20-odd children. "Discovered" by Peter Schickele of the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople. A very prolific composer, as others have noted. I am a great fan of P.D.Q. Bach. If you are into classical music at all, try to find some of his stuff. Live performances are even better, especially the Echo Sonata for Two Unfriendly Groups of Instruments. Another one that is quite impressive is the Pervertimento for Bagpipes, Bicycle, and Balloons, which includes a bicycle with baseball cards in the spokes (remember that?). At the end, three balloons are released with reeds inserted to play the final chord. All in all, a fine performance piece.

jeffp


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Bonnie She Smelleth
From: MMario
Date: 10 Feb 00 - 10:05 AM

There are some PDQ Bach lyrics at this site: http://www.sit.wisc.edu/~drsillars/pdq/lyrics.html

PDQ


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Bonnie She Smelleth
From: Barbara
Date: 10 Feb 00 - 10:06 AM

He has a weekly radio program distributed by PRI, and a remarkable number of compositions for washing machines, music stand flutes, taxis, carugahorns and Hoover Uprights (vaccuum cleaners). I was under the impression there was a book of madrigals. I recall one along the lines of "April is in my mistress' face" where the second line supplies the "rest" of the sentence i.e.
Line one -- "YOur teeth are like stars"
Line two -- "That come out each night"
John, doesn't "My Bonny Lass" have a line where instead of singing "fa-la-la-la-la", you sing "oo-la-la-la-la"?
Anyway, I'm sure the music is available. We used to sing the pieces in my madrigal group.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Bonnie She Smelleth
From: Jacob B
Date: 10 Feb 00 - 11:17 AM

Since no one has given any lyrics yet, I'll give the ones I remember.

My bonnie lass she smelleth
Making the flowers jealouth
Fa la la ...

My bonnie lass liketh to dance a lot
She's Guinevere and I'm Sir Lancelot
Fa la la ...

My bonnie lass would be nice
Yea, even at twice the price
Fa la la ...

End with improvised scat singinging of fa-la-las, merging into the fa-la-las of Deck The Halls, and bend the final note until it breaks.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MY BONNIE LASS SHE SMELLETH (P Schickele)
From: Musicman
Date: 10 Feb 00 - 11:52 AM

Ooooo... LEt the fun begin.... I LOVE this stuff!!!! We Actually did a concert of PDQ Bach in University with the music dept... had the university head on his feet shouting 'Bravo' at the end.....

Anyway, here's the one you want.....

My bonnie lass she smelleth
Making the flowers jealouth..
Fa la la.....

My bonnie lass dismayeth
Me; all that she doth say ith:
Fa la la (etc)

My bonnie lass she looketh like a jewel
and soundeth like a mule.
My bonnie lass she walketh like a doe
and talketh like a crow.
Fa la la (etc.)

My bonnie lass liketh to dance alot;
She's Guinevere and I'm Sir Lancelot.
Fa la la (etc.)

My bonnie lass I need not flatter;
What she doth not have doth not matter
Oo La la (etc)

My bonnie lass would be nice
Yea, even at twice the price.
Fa la la (etc.)

Words from the record jacket "The Wurst of P.D.Q. Bach" Vanguard VSD 719/720

Further information can be found in "The Definitive Biography of PDQ Bach" by Prof. Peter Schickele, 1976, Random House, Inc, New York... ISBN 0-394-46536-9 (Yes, I have the book, It's wonderful)

Musicman


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Bonnie She Smelleth
From: lamarca
Date: 10 Feb 00 - 12:10 PM

The other madrigal in this set is "The Queen to Me a Royal Pain Doth Give"...

I have had the good fortune to see Professor Schickele present concerts of P.D.Q. Bach's prolific oeuvre on at least 4 occasions, one of them with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. He performed, among other pieces, Concerto for Bassoon vs. Orchestra, in which he arrived late for his solo (a tradition at Schickele concerts), and played various segments of the piece on his bassoon while assembling it. There was also a piece that wasn't performed because the score was missing from the conductor's folder - pages of it would periodically blow out of an off-stage airduct during the concert to gently drift down to the stage.

My first Schickele concert featured Bach's "Hans and Gretel and Ted and Alice", an opera funnia in one unnatural act; in which Schickele and his "bargain-counter-tenor" John Ferrante played all the roles, jumping in and out of drag costumes as they struggled through the complex plot.

Schickele is a graduate of Julliard, and his serious music is quite good, but he has a gift for parody of classical music style and the culture surrounding its performance that has to be seen and heard live to appreciate! I dragged my future husband to a concert; he came reluctantly, expecting an evening of snobbish high-brow classical music jokes, and was delighted to enjoy Schickele's wonderful mix of the arcane with outright slapstick comedy.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Bonnie She Smelleth
From: GUEST,Scotsbard
Date: 10 Feb 00 - 12:15 PM

Here is the publisher's URL:

http://www.presser.com/pdqbach.html

I've sung several of his pieces in chamber groups. Highly recommended: The Art of the Ground Round (S#:$1.39/lb) & A Consort of Choral Christmas Carols (S.359)

Check: Two Madrigals from "The Triumphs of Thusnelda" for the lyrics you wanted.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Bonnie She Smelleth
From: GUEST,Okiemockbird
Date: 10 Feb 00 - 01:01 PM

My favorite P.D.Q. Bach piece is "Blaues Gras".

Spoof-music was pioneered by the Hoffnung Symphony Orchestra. Does anyone know if Schickele was inspired by Hoffnung's work ?

T.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Bonnie She Smelleth
From: Troll
Date: 10 Feb 00 - 02:53 PM

Peter Schickele is indeed an incredable(sp?) composer and musician. I had the pleasure of meeting him after a concert at the University of Florida, and he is every bit as manic in person as he is on stage. My sons viola teacher played in the orchestra and she said that he was a lot of fun to work with.

troll


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Bonnie She Smelleth
From: Troll
Date: 10 Feb 00 - 02:53 PM

Peter Schickele is indeed an incredible composer and musician. I had the pleasure of meeting him after a concert at the University of Florida, and he is every bit as manic in person as he is on stage. My sons viola teacher played in the orchestra and she said that he was a lot of fun to work with.

troll


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Bonnie She Smelleth
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 15 Feb 00 - 06:10 PM

Many, many thanks to all those who responded to this thread. I am so glad that I have now been introduced to PDQ Bach and I now have the scores to My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth and The Queen to Me a Royal Pain Doth Give. When I get the time I'll chase up the other Rounds as suggested.

The score itself is marvellous. It mentions that articulation is important and recommends a small chorus. Has anyone ever heard it done by (say) a hundred voices - I hope that we might give it a whirl? The score excludes some of the lyrics given above but this omission is noted, presumably to encourage purchase of the record. One feature I did like is that the required vocal range for each part is clearly given up front - She Smellth in particular looks like a demanding part for many singers.

Again many thanks, John


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Bonnie She Smelleth
From: GUEST,Chris in Sebastopol
Date: 26 Mar 10 - 08:40 PM

I am starting a madrigal group (United Hearts and Hands) and would love to be able to get the scores to My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth and The Queen to Me a Royal Pain Doth Give.

Would you help?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Bonnie She Smelleth
From: Artful Codger
Date: 27 Mar 10 - 12:32 AM

Check the Theodore Presser catalog.


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