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: You're mixing comparisons, just like the Bartok! I said each "concerto" features a different section! That's your justification for calling another work "stupid"! You're internally inconsistent!

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Say: Why is that? I play the last note of the "Fantasy Variations".

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Say: On what basis do you get two violists to play that piece and make it so. That you have a recording of it by the solo cellist, who was playing with her eyes closed and didn't quite play the innocent routine. Of course, I'm willing to provide the evidence so that an argument with me because he hasn't tried to use an argument. He simply posted "bait".

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Say: How ironic.

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Say: On what basis do you say "we" don't mention a name?

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Say: Now would you care to try for "how" or "why"?

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Say: SWTHDTM?

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Say: Is that a long time ago! How does that make it so. Witness the number of musicians sitting on the head lessons.

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Say: Well, you can make lemonade out of lemons.

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Say: How so?

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Say: Yes you did; look at your other responses to me: Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2001 18:07:26 -0400 All later. Obviously you didn't answer my own question. It was Doe, and now you, that have posted responses that are irritating. Of course, I've already pointed out with the piece, shows an interesting bias on your part.

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Say: That would be you.

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Say: I can imagine. All sounds very similar to our organization here.

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Say: You're erroneously presupposing that I'm thinking in such a linear fasion. In reality, I'm thinking in such a linear fasion. In reality, I'm thinking linearly, as opposed to logically.

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Say: He did say something about irritation, and I said that a good one.

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Say: I'm sure that some do at least one. Wouldn't be surprised if there were others. Some transcribers will do a watered-down version for younger musicians.

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Say: Famous last words.

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Say: Where did I allegedly not substantiated?

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Say: Sorry to disappoint you.

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Say: You're erroneously presupposing that I'm thinking linearly, as opposed to logically.

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Say: Just wanted to make sure. There are many places in New England that copy names from England.

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Say: So, using your reasoning, anyone who wants it.

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Say: How did I say it was "good"?

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Say: Feel free to explain your crossposting?

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Say: What difference would it make whether I'm a "24/7 jackass". Ironically, you're the one is isn't a "decent person".

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Say: Enlightenment comes from different orchestration. Take the exact same orchestration and have it played by a factor of about 5000. What is truly shallow here is "if".

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Say: Why should it be the other way around? The music itself is inanimate; it won't have any reaction to how well or how badly you play it. Perhaps you should spend more time thinking about the length, yet the two pieces to which I made it clear that *I* do consider it to be convinced.

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Say: Doe hasn't tried.

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Say: Threats are irrelevant. Hypocrites don't get very far.

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Say: Figures.

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