The Wonderful Pig
June 12, 2009 12:54 AM Subscribe
My wife has become infatuated with a learned pig from long ago, and now wants to play a historical song from 1785 honoring it on the piano, but we have only a fragment of the full song. Where might I find the full score?
posted by benzenedream to Pets & Animals (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The first page of the song is printed in Ricky Jay's Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women, and is credited as "Sheet Music for 'The Wonderful Pig', circa 1785". There is no secondary source given in the bibliography or copyright page of the book.
The full title is "The Wonderful Pig who exhibits every day near Charing Cross, with new music, and sung at several convivial Societies".
The lyrics contained are as follows:
In this wonderful age, what strange subjects strive
To call our attention, amuse and surprise
Dancing Dogs are quite common
And Monkeys are found
Of wonderful parts as we travel around
The nation with learning grows...
Where would be the best place to look for it? Google books finds a few mentions
of the song but no full scores. I do not have access to any academic libraries at the moment.