This shellfish begins as a four-part round so can be sung in a variety of formats. No hurrying as the Oyster is perfectly happy to be left alone (rather than be washed down with champagne!) An unhurried pace will also help to facilitate the text and the arpeggios. Place good emphasis on the first and fourth quavers of each bar and this will also help the articulation. If the ‘f’ is too high for some voices simply transpose down the octave or to a low ‘a’.

The second half of the song is fixed with the two top voices echoied by the lower two. If each phrase is allowed to swell and fade this give the impression of waves rising and falling. Build this to the final two bars which can be sung grandly.

Level: medium

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