Thursday, September 27, 2018

Tom Lehrer: Clementine

Tom Lehrer was (and is, I guess, if he still plays once in a while) a gifted mimic.  The Vatican Rag, just the music by itself, is ragtime with all the bells and whistles, and So Long Mom (I'm Off To Drop The Bomb) is the best tune George M Cohan never wrote.

This piece, where he takes the folk song My Darling Clementine through a few musical genres, is an excellent example of musical cut and paste.