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patter song

n
(Music, other) music a humorous song or aria, the text of which consists of rapid strings of words

pat′ter song`


n.
a comic song depending partly for its humorous effect on rapid enunciation of the words.
[1815–25]
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The patter song, for example, is first found in Thespis and was refined and used in every subsequent Gilbert and Sullivan show.
As Sir Joseph Porter, when he sang his famous Ruler of the Queen's Navee patter song, you could have taken down his every word as if in dictation.
Under director Jean-Pierre van der Spuy, and choreographer Andrew Wright, the numbers are energetic and snappy - One Brick at a Time stands out while Barnum's patter song is impressively delivered, and the circus skills and acrobatics are well-honed and look effortless.
The show turned featured newcomer Danny Kaye, who performed the tongue-twisting patter song "Tchaikovsky," into a star overnight.
A patter song is characterized by light, quick music.
Modern Major General" is a famous patter song from Gilbert and Sullivan 1879 operetta The Pirates of Penzance.
A two-degree Yale man, he specialized not-so-gentle satire and the snappy comeback; he often was tucked in at the last moment for a patter song.
Stuart slickly ran through the tongue twisting patter song, Modern Major General, with aplomb.
A famous example of the so-called patter song features in The Pirates of Penzance: "I am the very model of a modern major-general.
It's the melody of the Major-General's patter song in The Pirates of Penzance .
The exception is a Rossini-like comic patter song about the pasta that new wife Jenny ceaselessly cooks.