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Jabberwocky (1994)
soprano, ob, bn, vla, cb, hpsd
Text by Lewis Carroll
Duration: ca. 10’

SMMP No. 107

Jabberwocky was completed in May 1994 for the soprano Melanie Mitrano. The premise for this setting of Lewis Carroll’s work was, in a manner of speaking, to proceed as if it were not a nonsense poem, but rather an intersection of the dramatic and the lunatic. This approach facilitates a deeper appreciation of the complexity of narrative inherent in the poem without undermining the brilliance of the language.