On an Aylesbury Duck (Christopher Upton)

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  • (Posted 2016-11-02)  CPDL #41665:       
Editor: Christopher Upton (submitted 2016-11-02).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 2.48 MB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
Edition notes: Layout of final chord of accompaniment revised 19/03/17

General Information

Title: On an Aylesbury Duck suddenly and unexpectedly exposed to interstellar vacuum
Composer: Christopher Upton
Lyricist: Christopher Upton

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2016
Description: Silly words set to silly music.

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Original text and translations

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In space, no-one can hear you quack.
It is, therefore, a silent small explosion
of flesh and feathers, bones and bill
which marks the decompressive demise
of a duck.

Great in Aylesbury was the mourning,
and loud the lament from Thame pond;
for she was transported
faster even than a Mallard;
boldly she went where no duck has gone before.
Alas, her anatidine frame
was not evolved for such circumstances,
and so
she died the doughtiest death a duck may die:
a nobler fate by far
than number 17 with egg fried rice.