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Published on Feb 16, 2013
Robert Hall Elmore (1913-1985)
The Fantasy on Nursery Tunes (originally titled Rhapsody on Nursery Tunes) was written in 1955 for Clarence Snyder, organist at Longwood Gardens. The opening five-note motif (DFCGA), which occurs throughout the entire piece in various forms, quotes in musical notes the telephone number (24865) of the church in Montclair, NJ where Snyder worked at the time. Elmore's sense of humor is apparent throughout the piece as he magnificently weaves together familiar nursery tunes such as "Three Blind Mice," "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," "London Bridge is Falling Down," and "Pop! Goes the Weasel."