How do you like my survey of kazoo concertos?

In response to a recent question, Malcolm D wrote "What next, a kazoo concerto?"

I realize Malcolm D was being sarcastic, but he got me curious.

So that's exactly what I entered into a Web search: kazoo concerto.

Kyle Miller wrote a purported concerto for kazoo and string orchestra in e minor.

Here is the score:

and here is a video:

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It is one short movement and is not in sonata form.

Mary Donnelly wrote a composition entitled Kazoo Concerto:

Here is the score:

and here is a video:

The composition is a song for two-part treble chorus and piano.

(Yes, I mean song!)

The interludes for kazoo ensemble are borrowed from Beethoven, Offenbach, Mozart, and Handel.

Here is the script for "Concerto for Kazoo and Famous Cellist" by Justin Locke:

This piece is a short skit involving a kazoo soloist, a cello soloist, and a string orchestra. The skit contains quotes from Haydn, Pachelbel, Bach, and Brahms.

If one defines a concerto in any way like Mozart would define it, then I'm afraid the day has not come.

I'll write one as soon as I get the inspiration.


Some Websites mention a kazoo concerto by Mark Bucci, but I can't find a score or recording.

Some Websites mention a kazoo concerto by Vivaldi, but I never saw anything like that in the Malipiero collection.

4 Answers

  • hafwen
    Lv 6
    9 years ago
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    A most impressive list - you've certainly uncovered a surprising number of kazoo works!

    Do arrangements count? Probably not. But I hope you enjoy these arrangements of Bach for kazoo. Count it as my late birthday present for old JSB (hope he's not too perturbed.)

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    Hafwen x

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  • Ann
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    God bless you! Oh thought you sneezed! Yes, once at a very late, party when e/one was pretty well 'gone', we all played. There were 4 Kazoo's and 7 people so we shared. What a mess, but we 'thought' we sounded good. Ever hear 'Stairway to Heaven' on Kazoo? You had to be there. LOL! And I wish you were!

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  • 9 years ago

    I love it. I'm not aware of anything to add to the list.

    You may be interested to know

    When I was a student at oberlin a composer there had a concerto for harmonica, and then also a piece for harmonica sextet.

    somewhat inspired by this group:

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    6 years ago

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