In amongst the birds, animals and everyday objects of Lear’s nonsense alphabets there are only two human beings: a slightly self important man and a rather vain King. Each setting employs an intentionally archaic style of writing and this particular man, in his pompous way, goes round in circles (literally circles of fifths) wearing a long coat where the word painting will test every singer’s lowest range. It can be sung therefore with a sense of purpose so that the counterpoint will sound like something lofty and academic.

The rhythmic feel is broad (2 beats in each bar) and accompanying movements might well mirror Monty Python’s Ministry of Funny Walks, bowler hatted and pin striped!

"M Was A Man"

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