narrator and ensemble (188.8.131.52/184.108.40.206/perc(1)/220.127.116.11.1)
N.B. narrator, flute and strings each have a pair of stones with them to click. All performers are masked: narrator, flute and strings with a plain black half-face mask; clarinet with a half-face owl mask; horn with half-face pig mask; and percussion with both a plain black half-face mask and a half-face turkey mask.
NUMBER OF MOVEMENTS
3 (played without pause)
The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear (1812-1888), with a spoken introduction by the composer.
commissioned by Britten Sinfonia Academy for the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge