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Piano Suite #2 (The Doll's Dream)

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By James Domine

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Piano Solo - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by James Domine. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Neo-Classical, Recital. 52 pages. Published by Earth Music, Ltd. (S0.128569).

Item Number: S0.128569

In a doll shop, we are quickly transported to another time. Hundreds of lovely ladies are perched alluringly in multiple rows arrayed from ceiling to floor.The atmosphere is sentimental, demure, eyelashes fluttering in anticipation of romance.In contrast to contemporary women who are calculating, desensitized, bottom-lining and far less sensual than Victorian women, the dolls are picturesque, statuesque, poised and graceful. Small things like ceremonies, symbolic intentions, favored treats, and especially surprises, are very special. Each of these carefully detailed personages embodies a feminine mystique that is at once universal and unique. One doll in particular engages us with her bemused smile, and her longing gaze. Her name is a secret that she bemusedly conceals, but we call her Cassandra, because she seems to know the future without it having any effect on the present. Her thoughts reflect the thrills she feels at every little thing, nothing escapes her notice, and she communicates the soulful sensitivity of her feelings to us effortlessly with a non-verbal eloquence that can only be approached suggestively through the descriptive poetry of music. Her visage is expressive, like the face of an actress, conjuring up emotionselucidating a profound simplicity the reality and clarity of which belies the carefully crafted artifice of her temporal being. Some of these feelings are memories, preciously guarded, some hopes and aspirations, full of exuberance and anticipation, and some are tinged with overtones of a bittersweet, resigned melancholia, fleeting glimpses of a time that has not been. These are replete with the silent, peaceful tranquility of stillborn children.1. PROLOGUE: At the ball,she enters the halland looking around, compares herself to others and wonders how people see her. She’s impatient, hopeful, and crisp, with lump-in-her-throat expectations. She’s from a time before photography, and realizes her attention must be keenly focused so that she can relive this auspicious night all the rest of her life. Oh, how she wants to remember it all. Not a wrinkle in her dress, not a snag on her fingernails, nary a flaw in the politesse of her demeanor, she is living completely in the moment, posed for her part in a painterly scene, possessing a calm within her that reinforces the heartfelt grace that palpitates in the moonlight. She knows that she will meet and know hundreds of people in her life, and is welled up with possibilities; whose presence will become irreplaceable? Who will matter, who will cause tears and laughter, who will gain her complete trust and loyalty?What about love?2. NURSERY RHYMES: Philosophies gained from stories heard in childhood….she especially loves tales where children had privacy and went on adventures, for example, Little Red Riding Hood, who paraded into the forest unescorted. She’s not so keen on talking animals, as she’d rather have them just be animals….she’d like to watch them frolic, faint, and foam at the mouth as they naturally would wish instead of requiring them to self-consciously invent an anthropomorphic quasi-mythical human persona. She loves to listen to nursery rhymes, eyes squeezed shut, spontaneous pictures popping in front of her, but HATES to look at illustrations, someone else’s interpretation. Tacky, she thinks. Give me some credit, she thinks, to hold the magic and expand upon it.3. GAMES: She loves the orderliness of games, the absolute expected behavior, the elusive objective of fairness, the equalizingforces of fortune, chance and luck. To stop the world and be able for a time to concentrate on sliding little pieces of wood over colorful cardboard squares, or squeaky toys, or buzzers, to announce a strategically clever move. Parlor games like Look-a-bout, Blind Man’s Bluff, Change Seats or Forfeits cause her to blush with childlike enthusiasm.4. WALTZ: As they dance, she’s worrying about every aspect of her physicality – her earlobes, the curve of her elbow, the cowlick in the center of the nape of her neck. Wondering what’s most attractive about her as he holds her gingerly, if she is symmetrical enough to command admiration, if she smells like a lilac meadow or the underside of a carriage. She wants to keep her eyes closed in order to listen more carefully to the music. In fact, she resents his presence, intruding on her listening pleasure. She feels restricted, in the lock-step tradition of the swaying waltz, and yearns to swoon freely on her own, without the constricted harness of her corset, tightly laced under her bodice. 5. REVERIE: She’s thinking about how she could have been born anywhere, and marvels at her fortune. She could have been an Ethiopian cobbler, a motivational speaker in Clackatic, Alaska, or a Chinese firecracker manufacturer. She thinks about the traveling she’s done both accidental and intentional, and wonders what unforeseen roaming lies ahead. There is some small amount of fear and trepidation, but she is not timorous and is buoyed by an overarching confidence that no matter what happens, she will land on her feet. Her sweet little Victorian steps tiptoe along the strand of beach along the shore, carrying flowers up rocky hills, stomping through the great cities of the world. She yearns to go everywhere, immediately, without fully understanding where she has already been.6. SCHERZO: After pounding out loud at her piano lesson, making mockery of the metronome and proud of her sense of the absurd, she is quick to verbalize her observations, hoping to get a strong, approving reaction. When people take things too seriously or excess in any goofy direction, she delights in her homemade bombastic descriptions rife with hyperbole. With ten hours of heavy sleep and a mug of artichoke skin soup under her belt, she is ready to skip around town and watch the local oafs and village smoothies operate in the town square.7. BARCAROLLE: The swaying of the gondola gives her the same feeling as the waltz, but the water makes a much better dance partner. She feels so tiny floating suspended on the water, having the same fate as a stray leaf or a slithery little fish. Yes, nauseous, but full of abandonment and romance, the kind of frozen, unforgottensingular moment that makes you who you are. Across the lapping sound of the water, she hears echoes of voices from on shore warp in her ear, and she tries to decipher emotional conversations, the hellos and good-byes that travelers know well as the river flows inexorably onward, disappearing around a curvy bend far away in the distance.

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