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Snood the Poultroon A Comedy in Three Acts, for Two Percussionists

Carl Schimmel Act 1

Scene 1: Snood's First Soliloquy Scene 2: Snood Bamboozles Drake Scene 3: Drake Receives Hotspur's Counsel

Act 2

Scene 1: A Tussle Ensues Scene 2: Snood's Second Soliloquy Scene 3: Hotspur & Drake in Cahoots

Act 3

Scene 1: Fowl Rumpus Scene 2: Snood's Third Soliloquy Scene 3: Drake & Hotspur Make Merry

Vague Program Notes Snood the Poultroon was commissioned by Haruka Fujii. It’s about a turkey. In addition to using the turkey gobble, it draws on the words of another famous poltroon, Falstaff.

Detailed Program Notes Snood the Poultroon concerns an altercation involving an exasperating turkey (Snood), a slowish duck (Drake), and a feisty rooster (Hotspur). Snood’s gobble features prominently in the work, and Drake, although reticent, occasionally quacks as well. Hotspur vocalizes chiefly via kazoo. In the particularly wordy scenes, the characters “quote” Shakespeare’s famous poltroon, Falstaff, and his buddy Prince Henry. Snood the Poultroon was commissioned by Haruka Fujii.

Performance Notes All metallophones should be allowed to continue vibrating, unless indicated otherwise. When quick pairs of notes (2 16ths, for example) are indicated in the squeaky toy or turkey gobble parts, the sound should be created with a squeeze and release (one motion). The top two bottle pitches should match the two prayer bowl pitches. The lowest bottle pitch can be any lower pitch. The bottles should be blown, not struck. Tempo markings are occasionally faster than possible – do your best!

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Snood the Poultroon (two player version), by Carl Schimmel  

(visit http://www.carlschimmel.com to purchase score and parts, or to obtain the single player version) "Snood the Poultroon" was commissio...

Snood the Poultroon (two player version), by Carl Schimmel  

(visit http://www.carlschimmel.com to purchase score and parts, or to obtain the single player version) "Snood the Poultroon" was commissio...

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