Friday, June 20, 2008

Go Round, Young Man!

Elliot Cole, a Houston composer, has returned from a sojourn in Egypt with a collection of rounds. He's putting them up one-by-one on his blog, Elliot's Funnel.

Rounds are very good things. I've long used Purcell and Moondog rounds in teaching (yes, even the politically incorrect ones by Purcell; sometimes I think that rounds are like limericks, falling into two categories: good ones and clean ones). I learned of the Moondog rounds, which usefully go through every key in a variety of metres, from Douglas Leedy, whose Watergate Rounds are here, at Idyllwild in '76. The ever-reliable Larry Polansky has a collection of new and newish rounds by a number of well-rounded scoundrels and songsters here.

Hey, it's summer, days are long, times and tongues are idle, so why not supply yourself with the appropriate liquid, sit down, and write someone with whom you like to sing a round?

1 comment:

sfmike said...

"rounds are like limericks, falling into two categories: good ones and clean ones" is my favorite new phrase. Thanks.