»[…] a metaphor for an entry into the unknown, the disorienting or mentally deranging, from its use in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.« [Wikipedia]
»To go ›down the rabbit hole‹ is to enter a period of chaos or confusion. Can also be said when taking hallucinogens.« [urban dictionary]
The piece down the rabbit hole for soprano and ensemble developed during a cooperation with the Badische Staatskapelle and is based on the poem Jabberwocky written by Lewis Carroll. Internalizing the quotations above, I wrote a theatrically piece consisting of sound, stage props and light, where not even the ensemble musicians are immune to mentally deranged Alices encroachments.
title: Down the rabbit hole
instrumentation: soprano | flute (also piccolo) | alto flute (also piccolo) | clarinet in A | bass clarinet in Bb (also clarinet in A) | grand piano (prepared) | 2 violins | viola | violoncello
duration: approx. 11 min.
date of world premiere: 2017-07-07 | Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany
Score extracts can be found under ›chamber music and ensemble‹