The Duel: The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat

The Duel: The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat

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** Nassau Music Educators Association Festival Selection for 2017**

A fun take on Eugene Field’s classic poem about a gingham dog and a calico cat.
Performance Notes on the inside cover include 4 challenges for the singers to focus on while preparing “The Duel”, including questions about balance, tonality and intonation.
Composer: Michael Bussewitz-Quarm
  • Available in SATB, 3-part, 2-part Treble Voices, 3-part Mixed Voices; Teacher/Unison Choir Duet
  • The Duel Unison Treble+Teacher Duet/Piano (Octavo Sheet Music)
  • Piano Accompaniment
  • Ranges of SATB Chorus: S:D4-E5; A: D4-E5; T: D3-E4; B: D3-E4
  • Ranges of 2-part & 3-part Treble Chorus: All parts equal: D4-E5
  • Ranges of 3-Part Mixed (in F): 3rd Part (bass clef): F3-C4 (passing D4) with opt. C3
  • Total duration: ca 3:26
  • Premiered in June 2002 by the South Huntington Sixth Grade Chorus
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Published by MB Arts (ASCAP)
© 2014 Michael Bussewitz-Quarm

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Description

 The Duel

Eugene Field (1850-1895)
The gingham dog and the calico cat

Side by side on the table sat;
‘T was half-past twelve, and (what do you think!)
Nor one nor t’ other had slept a wink!
The old Dutch clock and the Chinese plate
Appeared to know as sure as fate
There was going to be a terrible spat.
(I was n’t there; I simply state
What was told to me by the Chinese plate!
)

The gingham dog went “Bow-wow-wow!”
And the calico cat replied “Mee-ow!”
The air was littered, an hour or so,
With bits of gingham and calico,
While the old Dutch clock in the chimney-place
Up with its hands before its face,
For it always dreaded a family row!
(Now mind: I ‘m only telling you
What the old Dutch clock declares is true!
)

The Chinese plate looked very blue,
And wailed, “Oh, dear! what shall we do!”
But the gingham dog and the calico cat
Wallowed this way and tumbled that,
Employing every tooth and claw
In the awfullest way you ever saw—
And, oh! how the gingham and calico flew!
(Don’t fancy I exaggerate—
I got my news from the Chinese plate!
)

Next morning, where the two had sat
They found no trace of dog or cat;
And some folks think unto this day
That burglars stole that pair away!
But the truth about the cat and pup
Is this: they ate each other up!
Now what do you really think of that!
(The old Dutch clock it told me so,
And that is how I came to know.
)

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