Two Nonsense Songs

Two Nonsense Songs’
(2003/2004) – 6′
for solo voice/voice+piano

Song 1 Didgeridoo, premiered by Martina Schilling
(Mez-solo). Song 2, Floccinaucinihilipilification premiered by Maya Kasir
(Soprano), Nigel Foster (pf). May 2004, Guildhall School of Music and Drama,
Live performance by Martina Schilling (mezzo)
Live performance by Maya Kasir (soprano) and Nigel Foster (piano)

Programme Note

These two ‘songs’ have no real meaning, well maybe they do, but they are
nonsensical really and are as much influenced by Monty Python and Spike
Milligan as anyone else.

is simply a vocal imitation of a didgeridoo. The singer is given some
written instructions on how to produce didgeridooish sounds and then
improvises using certain guidelines.

Floccinaucinihilipilification‘ is all about words and it features some of the longest words in the English language including the longest Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis, which is the last word in the song.
Floccinaucinihilipilification means ‘an estimation of something as
worthless’, perhaps it is an apt title for this nonsense song then!