Gilbert and Sullivan lyrics and music for tenors "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General," free!
The video below comes from "The Pirates of Penzance," my own favorite of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.
(You can find this fun version, which stars Linda Ronstad, Kevin Kline, and Rex Smith, at Amazon.)
Here is the vocal part, all four pages. (The piano accompaniment can be purchased from Musicnotes.com in several different keys.)
Below the music, I've included a downloadable sheet of just the Gilbert and Sullivan lyrics.
Gilbert and Sullivan operas (or operettas) are famous for the "patter" songs, filled with sometimes silly and even incomprehensible (to our modern ears) lyrics, frequently sung by a crusty old fellow with great personality and breath control!
Here is a closeup of page one:
This fun solo spends a lot of time up high for the average teen tenor; so I have set it in several lower keys.
Performing this song is an opportunity to show off, no doubt about it! And anyone who performs this piece can expect to be asked to DO IT AGAIN!
Here's page two:
In addition to being a great song for practice with breath control, this song will be fabulous for your students' articulation!
If your tenors/baritones have a tendency to slur or mush-mouth their words, this song's lyrics will tighten up that problem. The object is clarity, but also SPEED.
Please scroll down the page for the links to the lead sheet PDFs.
(And did I mention, the piano accompaniment can be purchased from SheetMusicPlus.)
Here is the promised downloadable sheet of Gilbert and Sullivan lyrics:
Below is a Youtube video with audio only, with the lyrics superimposed on the screen:
The links for the vocal lines, in different keys:
The link for the lyrics to Modern Major-General:
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