Funeral March For A Dead Parrot (Score & Parts)-3OB/BSN/SATB
Composer: Alkan, Charles Valentin
Publisher: Phylloscopus Publications (England)
(Marcia Funebre Sulla More D'Un Pappagallo)
for SATB, three oboes, and bassoon
by Charles Valentin Alkan (1813-1888)-French composer and piano pedagogue
Marcia Funebre sulla morte d'un Pappagallo (Funeral March for a Dead Parrot) is a parody on everything from Rossini to Monty Python sketches (which Alkan would have no knowledge of, having died in 1888!). The simple words, starting with the French equivalent of "Who's a pretty Polly?" set a tone of tongue in cheek seriousness, which later gives way to a real sense of tragedy with the increasingly anguished cries of "Ah!". Rossini himself wrote witty, self-deprecating pieces known as the "sins of old age", one of them dedicated to his pet parrot, another to his dog. These were performed at parties, and Alkan may have had similar occasion in mind when he wrote this pastiche. Set includes Score and solo parts. No vocal scores, which are available separately on special order.