Ogden, Nigel: Scherzo for the White Rabbit
. . . suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her. There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, ‘Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!’ (when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat pocket, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat pocket or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.’
Lewis Carroll from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and inspiration for this lively and fun piece of light organ music.
Well, this is a treat for organists – an original composition from Nigel Ogden, associated for so long with, of course, ‘The Organist Entertains’. This piece has been inspired by Lewis Carroll’s famous book ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, and a rather appropriate quote is printed on the introductory page, just to put you in the right mood.
A scherzo implies a musical jest or joke – certainly a piece with a great deal of hurrying. The composer’s instructions at the beginning of the piece is to play it in a light and capricious manner. An interesting and lively piece for an intermediate player.