Catalogue of Works
This is a wonderful collection for children's choir. The 1977 recording by Colet Court Boys Choir shows that the pieces are great fun to perform and rewarding to listen to.
The sequence of five songs begins with a haunting prologue for Reciter and piano setting the scene for James Reeves’ Prefabulous Animiles which live on the edges of sleep.
This leads to the lumbering Hippocrump whose stomach ache can only be salved by pushing him in the lake.
The Bisk lives only to sing and comes with her own doo-wap backing group.
The smile of the most sinister creature in the group; The Catipoce, is craftily written into the final bars.
The sequence ends with the joyous Nonny who explodes in a disagreement between singers and piano.
A further setting, The Snitterjipe exists in manuscript but does not form part of this cycle.