Michael Hurd: Pop Cantatas

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Michael Hurd: Pop Cantatas



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31st Jan 2011




66 minutes


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Michael Hurd: Pop Cantatas


Jonah-Man Jazz


Rooster Rag

Swingin’ Samson

Captain Coram’s Kids

John Addison (narrator) & Alexander Wells (piano)

Members of the New London Orchestra & New London Children’s Choir, Ronald Corp



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Michael Hurd was a pioneer in composing brief, witty and, above all, performable choral music for children to enjoy. When Jonah-Man Jazz arrived in 1966, young singers and their teachers had modern-sounding music to make and share. Pastiche jazz, blues and rock ‘n’ roll rhythms, memorable tunes and entertaining lyrics proved a winning combination, as they also do in Swingin’ Samson, Rooster Rag, Prodigal and Captain Coram’s Kids. This recording is the first to be supported by the British Music Society Charitable Trust Michael Hurd Bequest, established to further the appreciation of the composers output.

Michael Hurd: Jonah-Man Jazz

Nineveh city was a city of sin

Jonah, Jonah, listen to me Jonah

I need a boat, man

The waves grew high

When Jonah sank into the sea

We had a wonderful party

Michael Hurd: Prodigal

Many years ago

I want to go to the big bad city

In the city, free and easy

Down and out in the city

Why did I leave the house of my Father?

No use denying

Kill the fatted calf

It was long ago

Michael Hurd: Rooster Rag

Once upon a time

Every time I lay an egg

I had a terrible dream!

Oh what a beautiful dream!

Do me a favour

There's a thief in the night

If I were you

Beware! Take care!

Michael Hurd: Swingin' Samson

Samson was a hero

When Miss Delilah goes a-walkin'

Samson, cut your hair

Clip and clip

Weak as a kitten

Ev'rybody came to the Philistines party

Michael Hurd: Captain Coram's Kids

Who are these abandoned children?

Eight were Duchesses

What is the humming?

Take my child

See the Foundlings at work!

I am a little Foundling

Here in the pleasant Court Room

Captain Coram!

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