Victor Hely-Hutchinson: Old Mother Hubbard
“Classical” vocal music as a fun encore? Absolutely. Old Mother Hubbard, by Victor Hely-Hutchinson the the perfect encore, finale, or party piece. It’s exciting, shows off the flexibility of the voice, and is funny from the first phrase to the last! This piece, written in 1929 when the British composer was 28 years old, is an homage to the musical stylings of Handel, combined with the text of a nursery rhyme. I’ve known it for years and it never gets old. I hope that after hearing it you’ll agree. Here’s a fantastic performance, by the the world renowned countertenor, David Daniels. Enjoy!