“The Monk’s Turned Topsy-Turvy” is an original fantasy for clarinet choir, based on the old French-Canadian children’s song, “Ah! Si mon moine voulait danser! (Danse, mon moine, danse).” The title is a play on words: “moine” means both “monk” and “spinning top” in French. The lyrics speak of persuading “mon moine” to dance by offering various articles of clothing, such as a hood or cap.
After a traditional opening, the piece travels through different moods and time signatures. A great piece to show off your clarinet section!