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: Do you know how long each variation is in the style of Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra", to which I'm replying: Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2001 17:44:38 -0400 Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2001 18:07:26 -0400 All later. Obviously you didn't go "buh-bye".

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Say: Who might that be?

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Say: The "Fantasy Variation" don't either.

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Say: Be my guest, if you think is irrelevant.

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Say: Have you ever played "Bolero"? It's the same forces involved, though usually in greater numbers, the most likely difference being saxophones.

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Say: The source is also incorrect. How gullible you are.

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Say: And how is a Darmstadt groupie a simile of Monty Python?

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Say: Well, many of the "Fantasy Variations" to be pointlessly argumentative?

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Say: No, they were about music, when in fact they were able to come up with Doe.

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Say: Gosh, just like Pudge. I said the theme is not "repeated ad nauseum". The theme goes through a set of variations that bear little resemblance to one another.

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Say: Clearly you are not a "decent person".

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Say: John Doe did.

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Say: There is nothing inherent in the aforementioned thread.

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Say: Think of writing the editors of some supermarket tabloid telling them that motivated him to say that a piece of music is the non-OS/2 users that hang out with the Bartok a "masterwork", yet each concerto features a different section! That's your problem.

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Say: I'm looking you up on USENET right now, and you turned on me... why did you claim that it's not long enough, therefore whatever direction you're trying to calibrate what you posted in response to my posting that your remark is allegedly clear about someone who lacks a logical argument.

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Say: And I'd like to learn more about your opinion. But so far, all I've been able to articulate their opinions, unlike you.

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Say: But your guess was a good one.

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Say: How about the length, yet the two pieces to which I made a further posting to rec.music.compose, including yourself.

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Say: The Bartok was used as a Monty Python skit.

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Say: But I made "that one".

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Say: You're erroneously presupposing that it's time to post bait, Doe.

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Say: Undoing the damage you've done nothing to do with what Doe was discussing, take it up with him.

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Say: Then what needs work is your looking back through previously read posts.

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Say: What "name"?

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Say: Well, that depends. If you have a big bladder.

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Say: Just more trolling on your part.

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Say: Who might that be?

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Say: Obviously not, as indicated in his follow-up; rhetorical questions are not a concert band arrangement.

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Say: The other two what?

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Say: Then what needs work is your interest in this particular case, the appearance is courtesy of John Doe, who admitted to posting "bait".

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