Down the Rabbit Hole

 String Orchestra (65532 min.)
Duration:                  7 minutes
Year:                           2012


Program Notes

    To be clear, the title is not in any way connected programmatically to the popular novel “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. The piece is in a loose ternary form, opening with a fast and exuberant dance for the strings in 5/8 and 7/8. This is followed by a slow but elegant theme and variations section on a melody with vague oriental overtones.

    The title captures the movement and energy of the opening section, as one can imagine falling into the earth as the tremolo figures of the strings whirl around and around. It is also symbolic however of a voyage to find ones identity, as the protagonist in “Alice in Wonderland” also does through the falling into the hole. Before this piece, I have never directly explored the music of Asia and have possibly avoided doing so. ‘Down the Rabbit Hole” is in no way an authentic representation of music from Asia, but is the first in I hope many attempts to find a balance between the music of my culture and my artistic voice. The middle section is written in a quasi Asian style, similar to Rimsky Korsakov’s Sheherazade and Gustav Holst’s Japanese Suite.  Here, I use pizzicato and glissando to capture the expressive playing techniques in Asian music.

Performance History

  • Mar 16, 2013, Victoria Symphony Orchestra
    Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria, BC, Canada
    Tania Miller conducting
  • Jan 24, 2015, Orchestre Nouvelle Generation
    Salle Claude-Champagne, Universite de Montreal
    Airat Ichmouratov conducting
  • Jul 27, 2016, Sneak Peek Orchestra
    Trinity St. Paul’s Church, Toronto, ON
    Bill Rowson conducting
  • Mar 24, 2017, Collegium Musicum Hong Kong
    Hong Kong City Hall Theatre, Hong Kong
    Johnny Poon conducting
  • Mar 25, 2017, Collegium Musicum Hong Kong
    Hong Kong City Hall Theatre, Hong Kong
    Johnny Poon conducting
  • March 20, 2021, Penn State Philharmonic
    Penn State Recital Hall, University Park, PA
    Gerardo Edelstein conducting
  • October 21, 2021, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Cotton Factory, Hamilton, ON, Canada
    Eugene Astapov conducting


Score and Parts

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