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.
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view score The Chocolate Carol SATB divisi piano, opt. solo fl 3′ David/Randi Avshalomov 2005
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–search on “Chocolate Carol”. (See Valentine’s version, “Love and Chocolate”, below.) Lyrics»
view score The Chocolate Carol–Carolers’ Version SATB a cappella 3′ David/Randi Avshalomov 2005
Order This» Carolers’ version
view score Flopsy the Christmas Pup! SATB piano (opt. bass, drums) 4:45 Doggerel by David Avshalomov 2011
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.
view score The Garlic Blessing SATB divisi piano 3′ David Avshalomov 2009
Order This» TheC7Prize (Canada) 2014
Witty, lively 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 score Happy Anniversary (mixed voices) SATB a cappella 1′ David Avshalomov 2003
Order This» Cheery tonal canonic anniversary greeting written for the composer’s parents Doris and Jacob. Version for mixed voices.
view score Happy Anniversary (women’s voices) SSAA a cappella 1′ David Avshalomov 2003
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 score Happy Anniversary (men’s voices) TTBB a cappella 1′ David Avshalomov 2003
Order This» Cheery tonal canonic anniversary greeting written for the composer’s parents Doris and Jacob. Version for men’s voices
view score SAA Let the Children Play SAA or SAB piano, opt. fl (2) 4′ David Avshalomov 2012
Order This» view score SAB Slow, sweet, lyrical song, sincere and touching, with an appealing and natural pentatonic tune, unison, then 3-part harmony, then easy canon, with a sweet harmony ending. Idealistic, innocent dream about the future of our suffering world and the hope that our children—and their children—may heal both the Earth and human society and live in peace forever. Suitable for youth and community/adult choruses. Can be learned fairly easily. Lyrics»
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
view score Laughing Song SATB a cappella 3’40 Wm. Blake 2001-2
Order This» Hilarious playful Madrigal, lively, rhythmic and full. Subject: Laughter and youth. Stage business: actual laughter/hilarity breakdown and recovery before the end.
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Praise the Lord!
SSAATBB
 
org, opt. sus. cym
5′
Psalm 150
2008
Order This» Wild, slightly modern, fast, rhythmic (5/8) setting of Psalm 150, with a “Bulgarian Jazz” organ solo middle. Big bright ending. Commissioned by the choir of Westwood United Methodist Church, Los Angeles for their retiring director Gina Shaw. Parts predominant practice MP3s also available. Lyrics» Notes»
view score This Sacred Space SSAATTB brief A organ, 2 tpt 2 tbn, timp (3 dr) 5’30 Holy, Holy, Holy, other lyrics by David Avshalomov 2008
Order This» Tonal consecration anthem with congregational hymn, showy organ part. Mystical start, buildup to big bright celebratory Alleluia ending. Lyrics»
view score U.S. 30 in Idaho SSAATTB a cappella 1′ Doris Avshalomov 1961
Order This» Ironic nature/highway roadkill observation, over in a flash. Lyrics»