Lobster Quadrille was written for the Wonderland project, which is raising funds for the Lenny Trusler Children’s Foundation. 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The book contains 12 chapters and a prefatory poem, and 13 composers were asked to write short pieces, each inspired by a different section.
The Lobster Quadrille is chapter 10 of the book. The Mock Turtle and the Gryphon dance to the Lobster Quadrille, while Alice recites (rather incorrectly) “‘Tis the Voice of the Lobster”. The Mock Turtle sings them “Beautiful Soup” during which the Gryphon drags Alice away for an impending trial.
The project has been toured as a live event throughout 2015 and beyond, with performances in several countries. A disc is scheduled to be released by Orchid Classics – for updates please visit the Wonderland website.
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