The Jumblies
Artwork

A ballet (based on the poem
by Sir Edward Lear)
by
John Craton

Synopsis

The Jumblies is a nonsense ballet based on the poem by Sir Edward Lear (full text of the poem is linked below). The music is something of a “nonsense tone-poem” but is envisioned to be accompanied by choreography. The musical segments are as follows:

Introduction
“The water it soon came in”
“And all night long they sailed away”
The Western Sea
“And they bought an Owl”
“A hive of silvery Bees”
“And they bought a Pig”
“And some green Jack-daws”
“A lovely Monkey with lollipop paws”
“In twenty years” & Finale

Music files have not yet been posted. Performance time is approximately 30 minutes. Instrumentation: piccolo, flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, bassoon/contrabassoon, harp, piano, strings, and percussion (timpani, tenor drum, bass drum, cymbals, wood blocks, temple blocks, xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, chimes, maracas, triangle, gong).
Copyright © 2018 by John Craton
Illustration by Leslie Brooke (public domain)

Full text of “The Jumblies” by Sir Edward Lear


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