Choral Novelty

A sense of humor helps a lot in dealing with this world of ours. Here are some attempts at choral humor in music, on a motley assortment of topics: Chocolate, garlic, laughter, militarism, puppies, roadkill . . . Plus a lively Anniversary canon.

ListenScoreTitleVoicesSolosAccomp.Dur.Lyrics byYear
view scoreThe Chocolate CarolSATB divisipiano, opt. solo fl 3'David/Randi Avshalomov2005
Order This»Humorous tonal Holiday novelty, slow intro, bouncy catchy chorus, mock-operatic ending. Written for Pat Loeb's Music Companie. Hilarious video of this on YouTube » . (See Valentine's version, "Love and Chocolate", below.)Lyrics»

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view scoreThe Chocolate Carol
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SATB divisiOrchestra 3'David/Randi Avshalomov2017
Order This»SATB version with orchestral accompaniment
view scoreThe Chocolate Carol--women's voicesSSAApiano, opt. solo fl3'David/Randi Avshalomov2005
Order This»Accompanied version for women's chorus
view scoreThe Chocolate Carol--Carolers' VersionSATBa cappella3'David/Randi Avshalomov2005
Order This»Carolers' version, a cappella
view scoreFlopsy the Christmas Pup!SATBpiano (opt. bass, drums)5'45Doggerel by David Avshalomov2011
Order This»Novelty about adopting a pet for Christmas. An old-fashioned, corny but sincere family message for tough economic times, with a subtext promoting responsible ownership. Fun to sing, moderate difficulty, and a sure-fire audience-pleaser. Lively swing chorus, doowop break, rockettes last chorus, ruff ending.
Lyrics»
view scoreThe Garlic BlessingSATB divisipiano6'David Avshalomov2009
Order This»TheC7Prize (Canada) 2014
Witty novelty on the wonders of garlic. Recurring sentimental chorale hook. Pungent ending. Guaranteed to bring a smile. (Choral insiders will recognize one obvious parody reference.)
Lyrics»
view scoreHappy Anniversary (mixed voices)SATBa cappella1'David Avshalomov2003
Order This»Cheery tonal canonic anniversary greeting written for the composer's parents Doris and Jacob. Version for mixed voices.
view scoreHappy Anniversary (women's voices)SSAAa cappella1'David Avshalomov2003
Order This»Cheery tonal canonic anniversary greeting written for the composer's parents Doris and Jacob. Version for women's voices. Sound file was recorded for use here by the lead quartet of the Southwest Women's Chorus, Temecula, CA, Bill Paisner, Director.
view scoreHappy Anniversary (men's voices)TTBBa cappella1'David Avshalomov2003
Order This»Cheery tonal canonic anniversary greeting written for the composer's parents Doris and Jacob. Version for men's voices
view scoreLove and ChocolateSATB divisipiano, opt. fl3'David/ Randi Avshalomov2005
Order This»Valentine's Day version of the Chocolate Carol, more romantic lyrics. [Also: simplified version for solo quartet SATB/piano.]Lyrics»
view scoreU.S. 30 in IdahoSSAATTBa cappella1'Doris Avshalomov1961
Order This»Ironic nature/highway roadkill observation, over in a flash.Lyrics»
view scoreThe U.S. Air Force FugueTTBBa cappella3'USAF/ David Avshalomov1972
Order This»Parody fugue based on "Off we Go, Into the Wild Blue Yonder."Lyrics»

view scoreThe FlySATBa cappella1'20Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Witty, playful Madrigal, lively and rhythmic. Subject: Are you Fly or Man? Excellent for single voices also.
view scoreLaughing Song SATBa cappella3'40Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»Hilarious playful Madrigal, lively, rhythmic and full. Subject: Laughter and youth. Stage business: actual laughter/hilarity breakdown and recovery before the end.
view scoreThe Little VagabondSATBa cappella1'45Wm. Blake2001-2
Order This»High-spirited Glee, lively and rhythmic. Subject: The need for ale in church.