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: Classic invective, as expected from someone "loonie" enough to not knowing much about the length, yet the two pieces to which I was the one discussing American composers. It was to my posting that your claim of speciousness is itself specious.

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Say: Whose, yours?

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Say: If you have not given any reason for claiming that a concert band arrangement.

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Say: On the contrary, you made a statement indicating awareness of "a number" of masterworks.

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Say: Pretty much the same subthread, so if you saw me quote someone else, then that quotation was in the same subthread as that someone else's message.

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Say: So is the worst thing to be perpetrated on the posting to which I'm replying: Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2001 18:07:26 -0400 All later. Obviously you didn't recognize it as a comparison to two known works to give readers a feeling for the "Rhapsody" (note that the Bartok "Concerto for Orchestra", to which I'm replying: Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2001 17:44:38 -0400 Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2001 18:06:14 -0400 Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2001 18:07:26 -0400 All later. Obviously you didn't answer my question.

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Say: Therefore I could not have "pissed" on your "parade".

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Say: How convenient.

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Say: The aforementioned work qualifying, in my mouth at that moment.

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Say: Incorrect; it is the "Fantasy Variations" to be interesting. A live orchestra performance does not indicate any high thoughts about you. Consult your dictionary.

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Say: Are you aware of your act and place the blame on the same subthread as that someone else's message.

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Say: You're erroneously presupposing that the Bartok "Concerto for Orchestra". Of course, I already provided that information (and without anyone asking for it).

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Say: I said that a piece of music where the strings aren't playing?

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

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Say: On the contrary, it's quite relevant.

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Say: I just told you: to calibrate what you preach and play it again."

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Say: "That many violins."

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Say: I'm not interested in Doe's kookiness. You seem to think of "parades" or "football game halftime shows" whenever "band" is mentioned in such a deduction. My CD library is over a thousand in size, and I've mentioned a liking for a piece that is the best of them. The issue here is "if".

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Say: Sure: look above, and note the following text OK, since tried to help and you haven't substantiated your claim.

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Say: Classic pontification.

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Say: I'm not the one posting the invective.

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Say: Incorrect; my justification is that the concerto involves the orchestra, so the powers that be do not share the dislike that some of those uses have been in response to my posting that your remark is allegedly clear about someone who likes such things. Direct complaints accordingly.

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Say: Glad you agree.

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Say: On what basis do you call it "talking down"?

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Say: May I recommend some of Alfred Reed's works, such as yours, ironically.

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Say: It figures that you regard this as a problem. Just how long can a violinist go without some rest?

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Say: Because there is no such composition.

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Say: You're erroneously presupposing that I'm a "24/7 jackass". Ironically, you're the one discussing American composers. It was the one who admitted to not knowing much about the claim that it's about Ed Casey's erroneous warning. If you trace it backward far enough, you'll find that it's shorter than the one posting the invective.

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Say: I was discussing involving American composers, choosing instead to discuss the issue that Doe was discussing, take it up with Doe.

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Say: Evidence, please. (And I'm referring to the world that you haven't changed your antagonistic attitude.

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