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Per Nørgård : It's All His Fancy That

Work Notes 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.
Like "Identity problems" for solo trombone (2003) these pieces were inspired by Lewis Carroll´s stories about Alice.
Wilhelm Hansen
Category Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
Duration 24 Minutes
trp, tbn, pf
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Full Score(s) KP00723

Programme Note

IT’S ALL HIS FANCY, THAT - for trumpet, trombone and piano

The work was commissioned by the NORDLYD festival in Trondheim, and was given its first performance at the festival (in a slightly shorter version than the present one) on 18th October 1995 by Ole Edvard Antonsen, trumpet, Arne Johansen, trombone, and Halldis Flakne, piano.

Movement titles:
1 The Red Queen
2 The White Queen
3 The Love-Call of the Gryphon and the Song of the Mock Turtle Soup
4 The Lament of the Mock Turtle
5 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 (translation by the composer for the Danish version of the piece) 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

Per Nørgård, 2006


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