Lobster tales and turtle soup : for flute/piccolo, clarinet in Bb/bass clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and piano
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.
Instrumentation: Flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano.
Duration: 12 min.
Commission note: Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia with funds provided by Geoff Stearn.. Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia with funds provided by Geoff Stearn. Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia with funds provided by Geoff Stearn. Commissioned with support from Geoff Stearn and the Hildegard Project
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.
Awards & Prizes
|2018||Art Music Awards: Performance of the Year||Winner||Eighth Blackbird (Musical group)|
Resonate article: Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize to Holly Harrison by Australian Music Centre
Resonate article: 2018 Art Music Awards - comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre
Lobster tales and turtle soup
Performances of this work
9 Mar 17: featuring Eighth Blackbird (Musical group).
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