Hang on, I'll have a go on my ukulele....
My fingers and other appendages are bleeding but I did it....
I love the annotations on the score, which start off bizarre and get more ridiculous as they go on. Some of my favourites:
- "insert peanuts"
- "light explosives now... and... ... now"
- "slap thigh"
- "Play ball!"
- "release the penguins"
- "remove cattle from stage"
- "rests are imaginary"
- "balance your chair on 2 legs"
I like 'Moon walk' and 'Whole arm on black notes'
"release the penguins"
"remove cattle from stage"
It looks like a spoof, it is to notation what Stanley Unwin is to English. All the bits are real, but you'd never put them down like that. The scoring breaks a lot of rules - easy example, the first bar should be four beats but there's more than that in it. Plus, clearly it's taking the p, a lot. In fact, you could say it's taking the ppp.*
Notation is like writing, it's set of rules that govern the noises you make. The fact that the letter A makes an 'a' sound is just a convention, and in the same way it's just convention that a circle with a hole in the middle is worth a count of four beats. over the years people have developed alternative ways of writing music down (check out Graphic notation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for an example), and given that the score here is 'wrong' from a technical point of view you have to treat it more like a graphic score, which is more like a statement of intent rather than a clear and unambiguous set of instructions on how the tune should sound. And that's pretty much how Witch's Youtube choir have performed it.
* Did that work? I'll get my coat.
in other words - like a lot of very modern music - atonal carp AFAIC
But then again, what do I know? I don't even like Benjamin Britten much!
Just noticed the ICT mention towards the end of the piece
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