If You've Only Got a Moustache
SATB choir, solo voice, piano
Composed by Stephen Foster (1826-1864). Arranged by Larry Shackley. Concert, Novelty. Octavo. Heritage Music Press #15/2225H. Published by Heritage Music Press (LO.15-2225H).
Item Number: LO.15-2225H
Stephen Foster is known for his sentimental ballads, but he also wrote humorous songs such as this one. Cooper's satirical lyrics poke fun at that era's fashion for facial hair, giving a good moustache credit for success in life, love and even finances. This rollicking arrangement is given an almost operatic treatment, with soloists, choir and accompanist elaborating on the success stories told in each verse. All will enjoy this lively number, which ends with a big patter-song finale reminiscent of Rossini or Sullivan.