Four Voice Canon #12 (“Doggerel”)

aka: Third of the 3 New Hampshire Songs, for chorus.


Date: 2000.


Place: New Hampshire.


Sounds: Four part choir (SATB).Elements: Harmonic series pitches, as in #4, spread out between the four voices.


Comments: Each of the 3 New Hampshire Songs uses an “indigenous” NH text. Doggerel is a setting of what is often called (erroneously) the Shaker “abcdarius.” It was the first notated four voice canon to use individual “scores” for the different voices, suggesting either multi-track recording or multi-conductor performance. In this way, the notation is much simpler than, for example, #5.


Voice Canon #12 was recorded by the York Vocal Index, William Brooks, director, and released on the Cold Blue CD.