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By Carl Ruggles

Chamber Music Piano, Voice
For Voice and Piano. Composed by Carl Ruggles (1876-1971). Edited by Walter Eckard. Classical. Score. With Standard notation. Duration 1 minute. Theodore Presser Company #111-40096. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.111400960).

Item Number: PR.111400960

Carl Ruggles' only song for voice and piano was written in 1919 for the 4th birthday of Micah, his first -born son. Ruggle's word groupings: "Painted ships, and trains of choo choo cars, and a wondrous balloon that floats, and floats, and floats way up to the stars" are the clue to the scherzo. Ruggles made numerous references to TOYS as his seminal piece that gave him insights into a style that was subsequently fully realized in the works that followed. The music in this edition has been transposed down a whole step from the original edition, as recommended by Ruggles, in order to make tnis song more accesible to the singer. For college, conservatory, professional. Medium-difficult.

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  • 4

    Greg Manning
    Indianapolis, IN
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  • June 17, 2008 Ruggles in a Nutshell

    This tiny song encapsulates the essence of Ruggles. It's not easy to play and sing, but packs a lot of excitement into 2 pages. The music follows the text (Ruggles's own words) very fittingly.

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