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There and Back Again for piano solo

By Joseph Dillon Ford

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Composed by Joseph Dillon Ford. 21st Century, Neo-Classical. 11 pages. Published by David Warin Solomons (S0.435597).

Item Number: S0.435597

This large-scale concert solo projects a magical atmosphere redolent of the landscapes and characters of J. R. R. Tolkien's literary classic, The Hobbit. Although this is not program music in a strict sense, Ford, like Tolkien, draws freely upon historical materials to construct a timelessly colorful fantasy world full of richly contrasting episodes. Significantly, the rondo form of this movement returns "home" thematically again and again, just as the Hobbits are only too happy to return to their beloved Shire after their many adventures in Middle Earth. The full title of Tolkien's work is The Hobbit or There and Back Again. (Incidentally, Hindemith gave a similar title to his 1927 opera, Hin und Zurück—There and Back, which has nothing to do with Tolkien, Hobbits, or epic fantasies!)

This delicately lyrical score requires excellent dynamic control, sensitive use of the sustain and sostenuto pedals, and mature interpretative insight.

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