The Musical Box

musicroom.com - The Musical Box CoverSet of three character songs for medium voice and guitar

Words by James Reeves

First performed by Christopher Keyte (Baritone) and John Mills (Guitar) at the Wigmore Hall.

This tuneful and entertaining set of songs opens with The Street Singer, a version of Der Leiermann from Winterreise by Wilhelm Müller.  Roe evokes Schubert's setting of the poem by using the organ grinder's motif.

The Musical Box incorporates many popular tunes including Early One Morning, the Miller of Dee and Annie Laurie, each one breifly quoted as it is mentioned in the poem.  The Guitar has a recurring musical box threme that slowly winds down at the end of the song.

The wonderfully funny My Singing Aunt concludes the cycle as a built in encore piece.