Dr. Vera Ivanova, Composer
Vera Ivanova,
composer

'...internationally recognized as an emerging artist of great talent.'

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The Walrus and The Carpenter

art song (2011)

The Walrus and The Carpenter Text by Lewis Carroll from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872 (edited by Vera Ivanova)

Program Notes:
The Walrus and The Carpenter was created as a result of my fascination with the genre of literary nonsense in general and with Lewis Carroll's poetry in particular. In this setting of the poem, the whimsical qualities of the text create a semi-serious mood, while the rhymes of the narration set a certain rhythmical pace. In this song the poem is interpreted as being narrated by an author and has no reference to the chapter four of "Through the Looking -Glass..." and its two narrators of "The Walrus and The Carpenter," Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Nevertheless, some replicas from monologues and dialogs found in the text bring the second voice on stage and are performed by the pianist.

Instrumentation
baritone and piano
Movements
1
Duration
c. 4 minutes
Premiere
August 23, 2011, Staunton Music Festival, Kevin McMillan (baritone)
Text
Lewis Carroll
Language
English
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