JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER

Setting for Soprano, Oboe, Clarinet in B-flat, and Bassoon
of the poem by Lewis Carroll

Publisher
E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Catalog Number
8572

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Description
Perhaps one of the most famous poems in the English language, “The Walrus and the Carpenter” is a narrative poem by Lewis Carroll that appeared in his book Through the Looking-Glass, published in December 1871. Juliana Hall’s setting of the poem, with accompaniment by woodwind trio, offers a “mini-operatic” approach to the poem, bringing out the many varied colors described by the two characters at the seaside, as well as the nonsensical humor of the story.

Text
The Walrus and the Carpenter

Year of Composition
1992

Duration
10 minutes

Dedication
Marvin Smernoff

First Performance
April 13, 1997
 
Towson State University
Towson, Maryland
 
Pamela Jordan Schiffer, soprano
Ann Bilezikian, oboe
Edward Palanker, clarinet
Gene Griswold, bassoon

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Pamela Jordan Schiffer, soprano
Ann Bilezikian, oboe
Edward Palanker, clarinet
Gene Griswold, bassoon

The Walrus and the Carpenter  (excerpt)