(2 or 3 part treble voices, full orchestra) 7'00"
The sung narrative of this whimsical and well-known "boy vs. beast" poem comes to fantastical life with full orchestral forces.
Listen (Minnesota Boychoir and Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Marlene Pauley conducting)
Choral Score: $3.50 Add to Cart
Full Score: $15.00 Add to Cart
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The poem "Jabberwocky" is often chosen by composers for the challenge and fun of painting the musical narrative of a young boy’s quest to slay a monster called the Jabberwock. It is most often composed for singers with piano accompaniment. This may be the first setting of the text for singers with full orchestra, written on commission from the Minnesota Boychoir and the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra in 2014.
Lewis Carroll's poem is found in his novel, Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871), a sequel to the well-known Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The poem is full of nonsense words, some of which are portmanteaus (e.g., the word frumious - a combination of the words furious and fuming). The genius of the author is evident in that there are enough familiar words in the text to make the storyline clear and easy to follow. Yet there are enough invented words within the story to help our imaginations run free. It is a classic tale of boy versus imaginary beast, in which the boy eventually returns home triumphant.
The project was made possible in part through a 2013 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.