SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS

 

YEAR

2020

 

INSTRUMENTATION

Violin & Viola

 

MOVEMENTS

1.The Everlasting Double-Triple-Quadruple Stopper

2. Golden Invention

3. Salted Waltz with Spoiled Nuts

4. Bucket Blues

5. Loompa Loops

6. Fugue Factory

 

DURATION

17 minutes

 

COMMISSIONED BY

Sonic Apricity with 

Generous Support from

Christopher Newport University

 

FIRST PERFORMANCE

July 9, 2020

Sonic Apricity:

Erik Rohde, violin

Jacob Tews, viola

Digital Premiere 

PROGRAM NOTE

SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS is a suite for violin and viola inspired by Roald Dahl’s well known 1964 children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is the story of chocolate czar Willy Wonka and his search to find a child heir to his chocolate empire. The title of the work is likely the best Dahl word ever created, meaning extremely scrumptious, excellent, splendid and delicious. Each of the movements are titled in a tongue in cheek reference to themes and characters.

 

The suite begins with a play on the Everlasting Gobstopper, a candy that lasts forever. The Everlasting Double-Triple-Quadruple Stopper focuses specifically on music comprised of double, triple and quadruple stops (a string technique of playing two, three, or four notes at the same time).

 

Golden Invention references Willy Wonka’s “invitation” to find five golden tickets that grant entry into his chocolate factory. All the notes of this music are harmonics, giving the music a shimmering-like shine to a two-voice invention-like texture.

 

Salted Waltz with Spoiled Nuts pays homage to Veruca Salt, a greedy, demanding, stingy and spoiled brat. The music for Ms. Salt uses a famous children’s round, Row, Row, Row, Your Boat filtered through a deranged and frenzied chocolate river boat ride.

 

Bucket Blues channels the character of Charlie Bucket, a kind-hearted boy who eventually is named heir of Wonka’s factory. The music evokes melancholy and warmth as one can only find in a character of true selflessness.

 

Loompa Loops references Oompa-Loompas, small humans who work with Wonka and are mischievous and love practical jokes. The melody for this music is derived from another children’s song that loops over and over, London Bridge is Falling Down played backwards.

 

The final movement, Fugue Factory completes the suite with a tongue and cheek comparison with Fudge and Fugue. The music unfolds as a two-voice fugue churned out like a fudge bar from Wonka’s factory. Bon Appetit!

 

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

7/9/2020: Sonic Apricity (Digital Premiere)

 

 

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