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Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup

Sheet Music: Score

Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup : for flute/piccolo, clarinet in Bb/bass clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and piano / Holly Harrison.

by Holly Harrison (2016)


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Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup is inspired by chapters nine and ten of Lewis Carroll's nonsense book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), 'The Mock Turtle's Story' and 'The Lobster Quadrille'. Along with Alice, the main characters in these chapters are the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle. Both creatures are composites of two animals: the Gryphon - the head and wings of an eagle, and the body and tail of a lion, and the Mock Turtle - the head, hooves and tail of a cow, and the body and flippers of a turtle. I see the chimera characters as a type of metaphor for the amalgam of musical styles in the piece; rock, jazz, metal, hip-hop, pop, blues and funk. The Gryphon and Mock Turtle scold Alice for imagined slights, tell long stories and sing long songs which never quite end, order her to recite poetry (which comes out all muddled!), and insist on her taking part in an unusual dance; the Lobster Quadrille.

A modern piece of programme music, Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup features playful juxtapositions between text and music, frenetically illustrating the characters and narratives through changes of style, tempo, time signatures, and warping phrases.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (47p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 12 mins

Commission info: Commissioned with support from Geoff Stearn and the Hildegard Project

First performance by Eighth Blackbird (Musical group) at PIAF: Eighth Blackbird (Perth Concert Hall) on 20 Feb 2017

Includes programme notes, notation instructions and performance notes.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
rock, jazz, metal, hip-hop, pop, blues, funk.

Winner of the Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 31 Dec 18.

ISMN: 979-0-720179-35-3

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