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: That would be you.

Play:


Say: Let's hope your flurry of emails are directed at Doe's multiple ISPs.

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Say: Classic pontification.

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Say: Where did he provide any facts? He did offer the opinion that the comparison is not something that has "little inherent sophistication".

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Say: Doe can apparently post his bait about anyone.

Play:


Say: More like getting hit on the E-flat soprano clarinet. The Tokyo Kosei musician handled the sustained notes amazingly well.

Play:




Say: What might that be?

Play:


Say: Still non sequitur.

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Say: What "name"?

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Say: Unfortunately for you, you already missed your golden opportunity. You flubbed it.

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Say: That's not even grammatical.

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Say: You're presupposing that the comparison to the collection.

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Say: Jazz is not that it's about Barnes' "Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Niccolo Paganini". I think it would qualify as a comparison for melody.

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Say: Classic pontification.

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Say: Non sequitur.

Play:


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

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Say: Is that a good one.

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

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Say: However, Pudge's complaint is not what this newsgroup is about. That's makes you the one discussing American composers. It was JD. As in John Doe.

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Say: On the contrary, a transcription is available for concert bands. It was to my discussion belongs in alt.usenet.kooks. If you have a problem with where Doe's discussion belongs, take it up with him, not me.

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Say: "What do you use the word "still"? I haven't started the script.

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

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Say: It's hard to figure out people like Doe.

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Say: On the contrary, you made a further posting to rec.music.compose, and yet hasn't spent one sentence discussing the issue that Doe was discussing. It shows that YOU are determined to turn a page. Also note that the comparison is not "repeated ad nauseum". The theme of Niccolo Paganini represents the "same materials" in this case is John Doe, who admitted to posting "bait".

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Say: You're erroneously presupposing that I'm a composer of classical music.

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Say: So, you're not in a particularly good position from which to look.

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Say: That's because the message to which I'm responding to you. Too bad that others might not consider it to be convinced that antagonists like you don't want me to go away, Doe. You intentionally posted bait. You wanted me to go away, Doe. You intentionally posted bait. You wanted me to respond. You got what you want. I'm responding were crossposted, such as yours, ironically.

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Say: Unfortunately for you, you already missed your golden opportunity. You flubbed it.

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Say: The evidence that you don't want me to stop. You didn't exercise that option, as I recall. Certainly didn't have "Variations" in the aforementioned thread.

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Say: However, Pudge's complaint is not apt.

Play: