||, SATB, SSA, TTBB|The Star in the Pail

The Star in the Pail

TTBB (also available in SSAA and SATB with piano accompaniment)

A setting of six poems of David McCord. Commissioned by the MeistUrsingers chorus of the Tavern Club, Boston, in honor of Elliot Forbes.

Earth Song
The Cow Has A Cud
The Starfish
The Star In The Pail
A Thing That I Love
Epitaph For A Waiter

Composed: 2004
Text: David McCord
Duration: 9:00
Publisher: Pear Tree Press Music Publishers distributed by Subito Music Corp.
Catalog Number(s): PTM 471 (TTBB)
PTM 472 (SSAA)
PTM 473 (SATB)


“Two of those regulars were performed on this program, titled “Premiere! American Poetry Settings.” One was Ronald Perera, who was on hand for the New York premiere of “The Star in the Pai,” six songs set to whimsical poems by David McCord. Though the texts are pretty light, Mr. Perera’s pleasure in the fanciful words comes through in his appealing, quirky music, which the choristers sang with rich sound and liveliness.”
The New York Times Review Saturday, May 25, 2013

“Adding a touch of whimsical humor to the first half were Ronald Perera’s “The Star in the Pail,” cleverly imagined settings of six children’s poems by David McCord. Particularly, the perky, percussive “The Cow Has a Cud” and “The Starfish,” with its comical barroom piano vamp, drew chuckles from the audience. A part-time Cape resident, Perera was on hand to provide a brief, insightful commentary.”
Cape Cod Times 2/7/2006

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Audio Excerpt:

Performed by the Chamber singers of the Chatham Chorale. Conducted by Margaret Bossi, director.

Earth Song:
The Cow Has A Cud:
The Starfish: