The Troll Variations
for a soloist
by
Tom Duff
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Instructions

This piece is for a soloist playing any instrument.

Alternate sections are marked Say and Play. The Say sections are spoken or sung to an improvised tune in a stentorian and condescending manner, as a traffic court judge lecturing a recidivist speeder. Read as though the text makes perfect sense, even though its grammar and meaning may make sudden, unexpected turns.

The Play sections use an ordinary five-line staff with oval note heads () interspersed with diamond () and cross () note heads. Play in a manner that contrasts with the lecturer's attitude. Be mocking or solicitous or calm or resigned or anything else appropriate.

You can play in concert with other performers, who may play other versions of this piece, or other any other materials, composed or improvised. When playing with others, the Say sections should be performed as disruptively as possible, and the Play sections should be played sensitively, with utmost regard to enhancing the performance of the other players.

Score

Say: Such as? (Just trying to calibrate what you wrote just before I responded with "Bingo".

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Say: Of course, I've already pointed out with you and other kooks?

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Say: I'm not interested in any serious discussion here.

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Say: That would be you.

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Say: Yes, and when we encounter dreck, we put it another way, using an old musicians joke, how do you make that claim?

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Say: Note: no response.

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Say: You're supporting the troll who initiated the problem??? Illogical.

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Say: Bingo, though they might prefer the term "symphonic band" or "symphonic winds", or "wind orchestra".

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Say: Hard to do with what you're talking about.

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Say: So why did you answer your own admission. I'm doing exactly what you consider to be pointlessly argumentative?

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Say: I just told you: to calibrate what you consider to be convinced.

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Say: What difference would it make whether I'm a "24/7 jackass". Ironically, you're the one claiming that a long time ago! How does that make it so. That you have your attributions confused.

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Say: Just wanted to make sure. There are multiple people with that name here.

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Say: You've had plenty of time to post bait, Doe.

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Say: Bingo, though they might prefer the term does not guarantee that the visual aspect of the parenthetical remark.

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Say: Doe hasn't tried.

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Say: "That many violins."

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Say: Classic pontification.

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Say: If you trace it backward far enough, you'll find that it's a pity that it's shorter than Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra". Of course, given the level of my responses in the same one that Rachmaninoff used for the entire ensemble, is quite relevant to the latter, as the "Armenian Dances" (both Parts I and II), and "El Camino Real"? Philip Sparke's "Music for a New Era" is wonderful. And for a New Era" is wonderful. And for a Festival" is another unsubstantiated and erroneous claim.

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Say: Incorrect; you've got it backwards. "The guy ask question of me."

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Say: That's your justification for calling another work "stupid"! You're internally inconsistent!

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Say: And you were never arrested for posting "bait" here.

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Say: You're mixing comparisons. The Bartok is even longer.

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Say: Well, that depends. If you look at the subject line, it looks like it's about Monty Python. If you have some musically-inclined friends who don't mind a little over 11 minutes long. Now let's compare to Beethoven's Ninth, which has been said to have dictated the length of the discussion, apparently without even being familiar with the Bartok a "masterwork", yet each concerto features a different section.

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Say: And it appears that the average non-professional string musician, which leads to non-professional orchestras sounding more irritating than non-professional concert bands. It was Jim Smith's question, and he answered it himself.

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Say: Illogical, given that universities do more than simply teach, and there is some fantastic music for them that motivated him to say that a long time ago! How does that make it so. That you don't want to be "masterworks".)

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Say: You might want to reconsider your own question if it wasn't rhetorical? You ask the guy question. Answer it yourself. Sure sounded like rhetoric to me.

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Say: How ironic, coming from the person who made a further posting to which I'm replying: Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2001 17:44:38 -0400 Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2001 17:44:38 -0400 Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2001 18:06:14 -0400 Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2001 17:35:27 -0400 Now, let's look at the bottom of the music will be "hypnotically fascinating".

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Say: Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody" and shorter than the "Fantasy Variations".

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Say: On the contrary, he just admitted to "baiting" me, John. You did the opposite of ignore me. You "baited" me, by your own question if it wasn't rhetorical? You ask the guy question. Answer it yourself. Sure sounded like rhetoric to me.

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