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By "amusing" I don't mean bizarre/intended to shock(as in Satie's Dessicated Embryos) but classical(preferably piano) pieces with "clever" titles like these by Mike Garson:

What is this thing called Jazz?
Almost Like Being in heck
All the Things You Think You Are
I Got Gershwin

Yes, I know these aren't classical, but I couldn't think of any classical examples! I'm guessing there must be some contemporary works in this category. The examples don't have to be a "variation" of some famous tune.

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Look here!

I have a piano suite by a somewhat well-known composer that has movements:
1. Practice Hours Are Long
2. In Spain with Mr. Hemingway
3. Someday We'll Like Stravinsky

The master of such titles wrote pieces called things like Valse Anti-Dansante, Prelude Petulant Rococo, Prelude Inoffensif, Valse Torturee, Etude Asthmatique, Prelude Pretentieux, and Mon Prelude Hygienique du Matin.


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Just about any title by P.D.Q. Bach (a.k.a. Peter Schickele) would fill the bill :

- Concerto for Horn and Hardart
- Pervertimento for Bagpipes, Bicycle and Balloons
- Wachet Arf!
- Chaconne a son gout
- Eine Kleine Nichtmusik
- (etc., etc., etc.),

and for the Season :
- Good King Kong Looked Out
- O Little Town of Hackensack

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Muczysnki's "Desperate Measures" (Variations on that theme by Paganini)

Albright's "The Nightmare Fantasy Rag", subtitled "Night on rag mountain"

Schumann's "Warum?" also comes to mind. (Perhaps not a clever title, but a curious one!)

Once you understand the form, Rzewski's "The People United" is quite clever.

And of course, Rossini's "The Duetto buffo di due gatti"

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Originally Posted by Kreisler


Schumann's "Warum?" also comes to mind. (Perhaps not a clever title, but a curious one!)



I called a painting of mine "Why?"... smile



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You would think someone would write a response, "Warum nicht?"


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Originally Posted by Kreisler
And of course, Rossini's "The Duetto buffo di due gatti"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d63jKihoYRg

That was hilarious!

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that's kind of like chickens in love.


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Originally Posted by BDB
You would think someone would write a response, "Warum nicht?"

hahaha!

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3. Someday We'll Like Stravinsky

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Originally Posted by TheCannibalHaddock
[...]Someday We'll Like Stravinsky
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"Somehow, some day, some where."!

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"My F***ing Life", for two violins by Nikolas Sideris


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The first of three pieces in Boris Blacher's Op. 23 is called "What about this, Mr. Clementi?".


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Virtually anything by Satie. His titles tickle me (while weirding me out!). wink

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they're all amusing

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I grew up playing with musicians much older than I and they would change the titles to keep things interesting.

Just a comma can make a world of difference - What Is This Thing Called, Love?

I'm in the Nude for Love
I Only Have Thighs For You


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Oh, there are so many by contemporary composers that I've forgotten most of them.

How 'bout Loose Canon? I think it's by Nic Collins, who mostly composes in the electronics realm.

I like Interspecies Smalltalk by David Behrman.

I'll try to remember some others.

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Not piano music but: Hindemith's "Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber" - very 'tongue in cheek'.

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Originally Posted by david_a
The first of three pieces in Boris Blacher's Op. 23 is called "What about this, Mr. Clementi?".

You beat me to it! I think this is one of those pieces whose title is better than the content.


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