The dazzling gifts and versatility of Leonard Bernstein are demonstrated here in this captivating and lighthearted cycle of highly amusing and original songs. It is a perfect party piece for a young singer and her pianist, and great fun for the audience too. A youthful timbre is appropriate, but the composer states quite firmly in his introductory note that the temptation to adopt a falsely childlike manner, or to become arch is to be rigidly resisted. As he says, the music and the integrity of the individual performer should speak for themselves and no attempt should be made to impose artificial mannerisms. The title song, the third in the cycle, is fairly well known and can be used as an encore in a recital.
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