Since it’s the Nelson Arts Festival, I thought we could have our own little fringe festival right here …

The first of two pieces I found through a specialist music library that offers subscription lending of scores, and recordings

The first is called, and I am not making this up,

If Zack de la Rocha were a twelve-tone serialist composer

Zack de la Rocha is the lead singer of Rage against the Machine and this piece is by a fellow called Robbie Ellis. It’s a microscore, for 3 clarinet in B flat and bass clarinet and if you don’t understand what any of that means, don’t worry, you’ll understand everything in about 30 seconds or so …

Yep, that’s fringe festival material and now “a song about root vegetables in the style of opera”.

Yes, root vegetable opera

Root Vegetable Opera

Written by Robbie Ellis at Song Sale Dunedin, 25 June 2012, The Church (50 Dundas St). Recorded by Robbie Ellis (baritone) and Corwin Newall (piano) on 12 December 2012, Albany St Studios, University of Otago, Dunedin.

Buy the sheet music from SOUNZ.