Two Songs on Poems by Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carrol

Program Notes

Program Notes
  • I

    The Walrus and The Carpenter

  • II

    A Boat Beneath A Sunny Sky

  • III

    Romanian-American Music Festival, Sibiu, Romania, June 2016

Two Songs on Poems by Lewis Carroll for voice and piano

The song-cycle Two Songs on Poems by Lewis Carroll is based on The Walrus And The Carpenter and A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky. Both poems are included in Lewis Carroll's work Through The Looking-Glass (1871), a sequel to Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (1865).

The Walrus And The Carpenter might have many interpretations, from Disney to THe Beatles to Kevin Smith. However, I prefer to see in The Walrus And The Carpenter sheer whimsy and humor for children's immense imaginations, with occasional life or moral observations.

I selected A Boat Beneath A Sunny Sky for its dramatic contrast between children's insouciance and adults' acute awareness of the passage of time.

 

Click Here for the text of A Boat Beneath A Sunny Sky.
Click Here for the text of The Walrus And The Carpenter.