Cuttings from a Nonsense Book (John Kilpatrick)

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  • (Posted 2006-07-26)  CPDL #12094:  Network.png PDF & MIDI files
Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2006-07-26).   Score information: A4, 54 pages, 591 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes:

– New edition November 2014:

A few minor tweaks to the music
Two new sections added making 13 in total
Re-paged and bar-numbered

– Scores available:

Full Score (in concert pitch) 54 pages
Vocal Score (with piano reduction) 40 pages
Parts for wind quintet in one each 12 pages, enclosed in one PDF

– Also available:

User Guide (i.e. programme notes)

General Information

Title: Cuttings from a Nonsense Book
Composer: John Kilpatrick

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularCantata

Language: English
Instruments: Wind Quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon) with choir and speaker (narrator). Alternatively with piano reduction.

First published: 2005
, extended 2014.

A 30-minute work comprising 12 numbers written to words from The Burgess Nonsense Book (Gelett Burgess, 1901) and one short section for instruments only.
Designed for performance as a whole, but with the possibility of omitting sections. The Purple Cow could be performed as a mini-suite on its own.

Component sections:


1. Introduction (Frontispiece and Epigram)
2. Digital Extremities
3. Cranial Ambulation
4. City Flora
5. My Fancies
6. Fugue in 24 keys (instrumental)
7a. The Minutes
7b. The Museum of Kisses
8. The Floorless Room
9. The Window
10. The Towel and the Door (and vice-versa)
11. The Purple Cow
 - The Purple Cow
 - The Purpil Cowe
 - Confession
12. Finis
13. Exit (encore)

External websites:

Original text and translations

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