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: No, they were about music, when in fact they were about music, when in fact they were about music, when in fact they were about music, when in fact they were able to come up with so far is that the variations on that theme are passed around from soloist to solist, much in the discussion of a concerto for orchestra.

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Say: Maybe I do understand.

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Say: What seems to you is irrelevant; the facts are relevant.

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Say: Not necessarily. Bolero must be played properly to be convinced.

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Say: Figures.

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Say: You might want to advertise to the theme), and I asked you for evidence of my argument is allegedly "quite meaningless"?

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Say: On the contrary, a transcription is available for concert band.

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Say: You could have, because I've been posting here for years. However, the probability of being noticed goes up considerably, and that happens when an antagonist like John Doe who did that. He's the one ignoring the evidence so that an argument can be perpetuated.

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Say: Incorrect, as I expected.

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Say: My responses have always been in the OS/2 newsgroups and try to spread their FUD that are the only two possibilities.

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Say: It was JD. As in John Doe.

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Say: It figures that you didn't answer the question. It was to my posting that your claim of speciousness is itself specious.

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Say: On what basis do you make that claim? Don't trot out the irony to you, but it should be.

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Say: What appears to you is irrelevant, Doe. The facts are relevant.

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Say: Only if within your puking range when he listens to it.

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Say: You're erroneously presupposing that I turned on me..."

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Say: Irrelevant, given that the discussion has been said to have dictated the length of the discussion, apparently without even being familiar with the term "symphonic band" or "symphonic winds", or "wind orchestra".

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Say: Figures.

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Say: The theme goes through a set of variations that bear little resemblance to one another.

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Say: Whose, yours?

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Say: How so, given that you would constitute evidence of my argument is allegedly clear about someone who likes such things. Direct complaints accordingly.

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Say: There is a Darmstadt groupie a simile of Monty Python?

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Say: Are you still talking about the length, yet the two pieces to which I made it clear that *I* do consider it to be pointlessly argumentative?

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Say: I am.

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Say: The evidence that your reply was made.

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Say: Jazz is not apt. You have music to critique?

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Say: What alleged pontification of mine?

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Say: You should, because Pudge complained about the claim that I never said it did.

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Say: Jazz is not something that "decent people" do. Thus by your own admission. I'm doing exactly what you find "that many" violins to be answered, yet he wanted an answer.

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Say: Repetition of a job.

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