Contrapunto Bestiale alla Mente


Aka "The Animal Noise Song", by Adriano Banchieri. The first and last sections are "falala"s, and in the middle each line imitates a different animal.

Who does what: 
  1. soprano - cuckoo - "cucu" - Caterine, Cicilia, Serafina, Tabi [Katherina]
  2. soprano - owl - "chiu" - Eleanor, Anna, Ginevra [Katherina]
  3. alto - cat - "gnau"- Katherina, Catalina, Amalie, Christine, Katherine of Glastonbury, Eleanor
  4. tenor - dog - "babau"- William de Cameron
  5. bass - drunken bass - Emrys, William de Wyke, [William de Cameron]

Note: in the original, the two "falala" sections are identical except that the first and second sopranos swap parts. We've been making them completely identical (i.e. on the last page, the soprano 1s move to the second line, and soprano 2s to the first, so that each is singing exactly what she sang on the first page).


There are numerous recordings online. Some performances are faithful to the music as written, some ham it up a great deal.

Computer-generated sound files to help learn parts:

The bass line, but an octave higher than normal, and an octave lower than normal.

The same, but at half speed:

See note below about S1 and S2 swapping parts on the final line.

Sheet Music: 

We're using the sheet-music in the Big Lochac Snogbook (page 22).

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