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Animal Crackers Vol. II

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Note from Composer

I have always dreamed of writing a substantial collection of choral works that might enter the standard repertoire, something with the depth and passion of Monteverdi’s Fourth Book of Madrigals and the charm and timelessness of Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes.

I wrote this instead.

These are the first two ‘volumes’ of Animal Crackers, and if everything goes as planned I’ll write several more. (Ogden Nash wrote scores of these ridiculous animal poems, all of them crying out for musical settings.) Feel free to mix and match pieces between volumes to create your very own personalized zoo, and remember: the performance will be infinitely more effective if you play these as seriously and soberly as possible.

See more information about Volume I.

Volume II:

i. The Canary
ii. The Eel
iii. The Kangaroo

The Text

The Canary
The song of canaries
Never varies.
And when they’re molting
They’re pretty revolting.

The Eel
I don’t mind eels
Except as meals.
And the way they feels.

The Kangaroo
O Kangaroo, O Kangaroo,
Be grateful that you’re in the zoo.
And not transmuted by a boomerang
Into zestful tangy Kangaroo meringue.

Ogden Nash, 1902-1971


3 minutes

Year of Composition



Boosey & Hawkes


US: Hal Leonard
UK: Musicroom
World: Music Shop Europe
Digital: SheetMusicDirect

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