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Balogh Máté: 9 Songs

on texts by Edward Lear for mixed choir

choral sheets

Setting: Mixed Voices
Genre: Choral Work (Contemporary Hungarian)
Period: Contemporary Music
Language: English
Length: 12 pages
Format: 19 x27 cm (octavo)
Published: October 2023
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest
Item number: 15243
ISMN: 9790080152430
The nine short choral works were composed in 2018 for the limericks in Edward Lear's (1812-1888) Nonsense-collection, with the encouragement of conductor Soma Lozsányi. All elements of the music (singing, recitative, stepping, stamping, astonishing rhythms) serve the humour and irony in the poems. The work also commemorates the renowned folk music researcher and composer, Mátyás Seiber, who wrote limericks himself.

The dedication is to Soma Lozsányi. He conducted the premiere with the Kaposi Chamber Choir at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest in 2018.


There was a Young Lady of Russia...
There was an Old Man of Berlin...
There was an Old Man of Madras...
There was an Old Man of Coblenz...
There was a Young Lady of Turkey...
There was a Young Lady, whose nose...
There was an Old Man of the East...
There was an Old Man of the Hague...
There was a Young, Young Lady of Poole...
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