[Smt-talk] Looking for bad text settings

John Paul Ito itojp at cmu.edu
Mon Aug 25 09:44:41 PDT 2014

One of my favorite examples of non-standard prosody is ³TUR-eye-IN² from the
Jeffersons¹s theme song, but assuming you aren¹t teaching a course to
dinosaurs, the following is better.

Gene Biringer has a great unit on this, and the following comes from
materials he shared.

>From an 80¹s or 90¹s NYT ad, to the tune of Deck the Halls:

Com-pu-ters Now We ship for free
With ve-ry ve-ry fast De-liv¹-ry!

I have a copy of this in my office and can send it out tomorrow to anyone
interested (reply off-list, if there are many I¹ll post to my website and
send a URL to the list).

He also has students set Ogden Nash poems in rhythm-only settings ‹ several
of them have ³punch lines² at the end that lend themselves to clever metric
hiccups, and the better students produce really great settings.


John Paul Ito
Assistant Professor of Music Theory

School of Music
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

CFA 162
412.268.1431 (FAX)

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