Original Music for Orchestra, Band, Ensemble, Solo, Chorus and Voice
Composer’s Voice features Andrew White, Collaboration and Accompaniment
April 30, 2022
Andrew White’s performance includes my work, CRAB, MY DOG.
Crab, my Dog is a speech that comes from Act II, scene 3, of Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Here, it is the solo baritone part performed in the play by Launch, descibed as a clownish servant of Proteus, one of the two gentlemen.
This is a comic piece and really should be acted as well as sung. The speech calls for two shoes, a staff, a hat and Crab as props. As Crab never weeps, cries or barks, I envision the dog as a stuffed animal toy. The piece was written with ample time between sung lines to allow for improvisation with the props.