A War in Wonderland is a suite for solo euphonium that is a caricature of old-fashioned war, complete with the sound of bugles and drums, court music, and marching on a battlefield.
Genre: Solo Euphonium | # of Players: 1 Level: Difficult | Duration: 10:45
Program Notes A War in Wonderland, a suite for euphonium solo, was commissioned by Mai Kokubo, and premiered at her recital in Tokyo on January 24, 2014. As the title suggests, this suite is a caricature of old-fashioned war; therefore, the euphonium often imitates the sound of the bugles and drums especially in the first movement. The second movement represents a fictitious princess as a victim of the war. In this movement, court music and bugle calls are irrelevantly inserted as if a princess sees a phantom. The bugles and drums call again at the battlefield in the third movement, and an easy march is finally transformed to funeral music at the end.