[Smt-talk] Looking for bad text settings

Sean Atkinson seanatki at gmail.com
Fri Aug 22 06:42:34 PDT 2014

My favorite go-to example for bad text setting is Toto's "Africa."

"Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti"

Granted, I think they might win the prize for most multi-syllabic words
crammed into a single line. But if you're not familiar with this, please
click the link and enjoy.



Sean Atkinson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Music
Texas Christian University
sean.atkinson at tcu.edu

Webmaster, Society for Music Theory
webmaster at societymusictheory.org

On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 9:56 PM, David Feurzeig <mozojo at gmail.com> wrote:

> There are several familiar examples of ironic or self-consciously bad
> scansion in Gilbert and Sullivan (as well as related examples of forced
> rhyme).
> My favorite is the misplaced accent at the end of this quatrain from
> "Let's Do It" (Cole Porter):
> The most refined ladybugs do it
> When a gentleman calls
> Moths in your rugs do it
> What's the use of moth balls?
> David Feurzeig
> Associate Professor, Composition and Theory
> University of Vermont
> 384 S. Prospect St.
> Burlington, VT 05405
> 802-656-1498
> dfeurzei at uvm.edu
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