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    Jabberwocky

    Often times when I compose, it seems I start at the end and work backwards. I composed the 2nd half of this first and then started what I thought would be a new piece. Instead it was just the first half of the this piece. Afterwards the famous poem by Lewis Carrol came to mind and hence the name.

    The piece use GPO, JABB and a couple of other libraries.

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    Comments are appreciated
    Ron
    The Poem

    'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.
    "Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
    The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
    Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
    The frumious Bandersnatch!"
    He took his vorpal sword in hand:
    Long time the manxome foe he sought—
    So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
    And stood awhile in thought.
    And as in uffish thought he stood,
    The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
    Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
    And burbled as it came!
    One, two! One, two! and through and through
    The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
    He left it dead, and with its head
    He went galumphing back.
    "And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
    Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
    O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
    He chortled in his joy.
    'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.
    Lewis Carroll
    "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein

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    Re: Jabberwocky

    I enjoyed a lot your work Ron!. Is very well made, and fits with the Carroll´s character that frightened Alice so much. Good orchestration, a descriptive work that seems like a menace, something that is lurking and suddenly appears imposing. There is too a misterious and intriguing ambient and for moments it seems that Alice appears too, confused in this twisted world and trying to escape.

    Victor

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    Re: Jabberwocky

    Ron,

    your composition, underlining the situations, is great! Well done!

    Gunther
    "Music is the shorthand of emotion." Leo Tolstoy

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    Re: Jabberwocky

    Victor and Gunther

    Thank you both for your words of encouragement

    Ron
    "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein

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    Re: Jabberwocky

    Excellent work, Mr. Ron! It paints a vivid, descriptive picture.

    Your "blatty" tuba entrances, near the beginning and again later in your composition, are spot on. Good mysterioso string work also.

    Very creative, enjoyable work.

    Regards,

    Larry
    Larry G. Alexander
    www.alexandermusic.com

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    Re: Jabberwocky

    This is a vivid and ominous characterization Ron. Well done!

    Orchestration and dynamic effects sound like you put a considerable amount of attention to this detail. And I do love the bass clarinet's lurking quality in its entrances! BRAVO

    How did you get that tuba to make the blatting sound (short of playing a real instrument, I mean)?

    Nice
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong

    Rich

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    Re: Jabberwocky

    Quote Originally Posted by RichR View Post
    How did you get that tuba to make the blatting sound?
    A high-value CC-1 will do it.

    L.

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    Re: Jabberwocky

    A high-value CC-1 will do it.
    Thanks for the quick answer Larry!
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong

    Rich

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    Re: Jabberwocky

    Quote Originally Posted by RichR View Post
    Thanks for the quick answer Larry!
    You're velcome.

    I didn't intend to hijack Mr. Ron's thread. Sorry 'bout that.

    Larry
    Larry G. Alexander
    www.alexandermusic.com

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    Re: Jabberwocky

    Coming from Eve - also in the LR - this is quite a change. I didn't understand that poem, too difficult for me (language problem, you know). But the music intrigues me.

    Raymond

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