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Trio: "My Cat Jeoffry"
First Edition
flute, clarinet, bassoon
Catalogue Number: HV139
Duration: approx. 8 minutes
Score and parts: £22.00
Skill level (A-E): D
"For he is a mixture of gravity and waggery"
"For he purrs in thankfulness"
"For he is the quickest to his mark of any creature"

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John Frith writes: I discovered this wonderful poem as a teenage music student at Dartington College of Arts in Devon. Our choir were rehearsing Benjamin Britten's "Rejoice in the Lamb" which is a choral setting of words by Christopher Smart which describe the antics of his cat 'Jeoffry'. I found its timeless humour and delight in all things feline both disarming and contemporary.

Having written only a few bars of the first movement of this trio I began to hear faint echoes of some almost forgotten stanzas and rushed to find Christopher Smart's original poem from which I have extracted a few relevant lines to prefix each of the movements. I believe the wind parts are challenging but rewarding to play and trust that, in performance, the audience will perceive my great delight in creating this music.

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