IT´S ALL HIS FANCY THAT (1992-95(revideret 1996/ 2003))

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“Through the Looking Glass II” for trompet, basun, klaver (og fortæller ad lib.)

Værket kan opføres med mellemtekster (af musiker(e) eller af en fortæller).

Tekst af Lewis Carroll (original engelsk version, hvis fortæller indgår)

I værket indgår musikken ‘GENNEM SPEJLET I (1992) for trompet og klaver (se #1992.3).

Varighed: 24´

Værknummer: 296b

VÆRKNOTE: IT´S ALL HIS FANCY, THAT (“Through the Looking Glass II”) – for trumpet, trombone og klaver (og fortæller ad lib.).

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PROGRAMME NOTE: IT´S ALL HIS FANCY, THAT (“Through the Looking Glass II”) – for trumpet, trombone and piano (and recitator(s) ad lib.).To be performed with texts recited between the movements, by the musicians or by an actor.

Original texts by Lewis Carroll (if texts are integrated in the performance)

The work was commissioned by the Nordlyd Festival (Trondheim, Norway) and was given its first performance at the festival (in a slightly shorter version than the present one) on the 18th of October 1995 by Ole Edvard Antonsen, trumpet, Arne Johansen, trombone, and Halldis Flakne, piano. Movement titles: 1. The Red Queen 2 .The White Queen3. The Love-Call of the Gryphon and the Song of the Mock Turtle Soup 4. The Lament of the Mock Turtle5. They´re at It Again! 6. Which Dreamed It?The individual movements are inspired by characters and situations from the two books by Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1872). An absurd-surrealistic, slightly threatening element runs through these dream-like tales and is also reflected in the music, which may be supplemented (ad lib) with recitations from the text (Danish translation by the composer) as introductions to selected movements.Semi-dramatic passages occur, for example by way of the musicians´ occasional lamenting/mocking songs, and the dramatic element can be developed/expanded ad lib if the performers have the inclination, the talent, the imagination – and the sense of fun. Among the dream-figures we meet along the way are the Red Queen, the White Queen, Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat (whose grin is all that is left in the end), the Mock Turtle, the Gryphon, and the Lion and the Unicorn. In the end Alice awakes again from her dream, but she has to ask herself, “Which dreamed it?”The performers:Trumpet player – and Gryphon, Unicorn, White Queen, Red Queen.Trombone player– and Mock Turtle, Lion.Piano player – and Cat.

A short version for trumpet and piano (Through the Looking-Glass) was composed 1992. The present, enlarged version for trio is from 1995-1996 (rev. 2003), and like “Identity problems” for solo trombone (2003) these pieces were inspired by Lewis Carroll´s stories about Alice.Per Nørgård (2006)