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« on: Apr 04, 2007, 07:04PM »

Hey guys,

I had an assignment in my ENC1102 class (English Composition II) to take a piece of literature and transform it into another form of art. Naturally, I chose to turn it into music.

The piece of literature I chose to do my final project on, was the Lewis Carroll poem, "Jabberwocky."

If you are unfamiliar with the poem, it is odd...

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`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
  And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
  The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
  The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
  Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
  And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
  The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
  And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
  The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
  He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
  Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
  He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
  And the mome raths outgrabe.

Anyways, here is a midi recording of the piece. Keep in mind that A) this is my first composing effort, B) I did this in a rush to meet a deadline, and C) it's gotta match the quirks of the poem.

Let me know what you think!! (Even if you think, "STICK TO PLAYING YOUR HORN!")


http://download237.mediafire.com/iri2kdmyinwg/dytiyzdwqgj/Jabberwock+Final.mid

(if that doesn't work,
http://www.mediafire.com/?dytiyzdwqgj)
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 06, 2007, 09:29AM »

Anyone?
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 11, 2007, 04:45AM »

I liked it, especially the opening and closing sections. You've got a sly little piece here that picks up the whimsicality of the poem nicely. Of course, I did not fail to notice the gratuitous use of horn riffs! :-P Good first effort.

You may be interested to know that you are not the first person to write a piece based on ol' Jabberwock. I believe it was Charles Griffes, an early 20th century American Impressionist composer, who based all or part of one of his tone poems on the same character. I heard the piece years ago so my memory is somewhat vague on the subject.

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« Reply #3 on: Apr 11, 2007, 06:42AM »

I liked it a lot!
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 11, 2007, 02:36PM »

I'd give you an A.  Good! Good!
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« Reply #5 on: Apr 12, 2007, 06:53AM »

I love the poem. Used to have it as my signature online.  :D
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