The Land Where the Good Songs Go


A lush, romantic setting of the Jerome Kern classic, with text by P.G. Wodehouse.  Men’s and women’s choirs take turns with the verses; choruses are many-layered, with sumptuous harmonies and phrases that “sweep” and “swoon” — reminiscent of string writing in “hit” ballads of the 1940’s and 50’s.

A licensed copy is required for each member performing.



This arrangement was commissioned by my former LA Master Chorale tenor colleague, Paul Neal.  Paul discovered Sylvia McNair’s and Andre Previn’s mesmerizing recording of this song, and imagined it for choir.  Just before he moved out east to teach, we discussed the possibility while on a Master Chorale bus to the Ojai Festival.  The idea became a reality, and Paul premiered the piece in 2007 with the Valdosta State University Concert Choir.

Of course Jerome Kern is one of the great American songwriters, but I was delighted to learn that a favorite author of mine, P.G. Wodehouse, was the lyricist for this song.  Wodehouse is most famous for his “Jeeves” and “Wooster” characters, but utilized his literary gifts in many ways throughout his career.

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