Bourland and MacDuff: Crocodile’s Christmas Ball

Publisher | animals,choral music,christmas (secular),composers,men's,mixed | Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Croc Xmas Ball

Looking for something FUN to include on your holiday program?

Crocodile’s Christmas Ball (from a larger 8 movement work titled Crocodile’s Christmas Ball and other odd tales) was originally composed for baritone solo, SATB chorus and wind ensemble. Understandably enough, not many choruses have easy access to a wind ensemble. So, composer Roger Bourland has created a piano-vocal score for this fabulously fun Christmas romp.

There’s a little bit of dark humour in the work (think Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas). Here’s an excerpt from William MacDuff‘s witty, tongue-in-cheek lyrics:

The moral is that when you
Attend a table d’hote,
Be sure to check the menu
Before you check your coat.

Beware of eager strangers
Too full of Christmas cheer,
For Christmas has its dangers
Like any time of year.

In Santa’s suit
A croc is cute
But he’s an ani-mall.
He’ll have your hide
Sautéed or fried

At the Crocodile’s Christmas Ball!

Click here to view the first 5 pages of score as a PDF.

There’s also a voicing available for men’s chorus.

Crocodile’s Christmas Ball (recording from the performance featuring baritone soloist, SATB chorus and wind ensemble)

[audio:http://yrmusic.com/audio/bourland.roger/crocodiles.xmas.ball.mp3]

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