Academic journal article Journal of Singing

A MOUSEFUL OF TROUBLE (Neil Petkus)

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

A MOUSEFUL OF TROUBLE (Neil Petkus)

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McCONNELL, MATTHEW (b. 1980). A MOUSEFUL OF TROUBLE (Neil Petkus) for Soprano Solo, Clarinet in B-flat and Piano. E. C. Schirmer Music Company (ECS), 2008. Tonal; B[musical flat]^sub 3^-A[musical flat]^sub 5^; Tess: M, mH, CR; regular and irregular meters; varied tempos; V/mE-M, P/M, CI/E-mD; 9 minutes. Titles: I. "The Tree"; II. "The Mouse"; III. "The Tree and the Mouse"; IV. "The Cat (Frisky Business)"; V. "The Mouse in the House"; VI. "The Mouse out of the House."

This short work tells a humorous story complete with characters and monologues by the three main characters: the tree, the tiny field mouse, and the cat "Frisky Business." It all takes place one cold, snowy afternoon and evening near Christmastime. "The Tree" (Tonal; C^sub 4^-G^sub 5^; Tess: M; V/M, P/M, Cl/E) stands in the forest, tall and green, "waiting for my chance to be the center of a home,/ To be decorated" for the holiday season. "The Mouse" (Tonal; E^sub 4^-A[musical flat]^sub 5^; Tess: M; V/M, P/M, Cl/E) is snug and warm in his little house in the tree. "The Tree and the Mouse" (Tonal; B[musical flat]^sub 3^-A[musical flat]^sub 5^; Tess: CR; V/M, P/M, Cl/M) both come falling down when the family chooses this tree to be "the symbol of the season," and the mouse is trapped in the net thrown around the tree. "The Cat (Frisky Business)" (Tonal; D^sub 4^-G^sub 5^; Tess: CR; V/mE, P/M; Cl/mD) is ecstatic: "Its time again!/ My humans have raised the tree of toys," and this time Frisky, ready for some real "Business," can smell a special treat to eat. "Mouse Inside the House" (X; C#^sub 4^-A[musical flat]^sub 5^; Tess:mH; V/M, P/M, Cl/M), frantic to escape, is found at once-"Grabbed by hands, but not the cat! …

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