The trio is for 2 oboes and English horn and has 8 movements. It is a musical satire using the famous children's tune. The movements are:
- 'Waltzing With a Sore Paw' (1' 45") Interrupting the repeated rhythm we associate with a typical waltz might just accommodate an exuberant four-legged creature with an injured paw.
- 'They All Ran After…..' (2' 16") Hidden in all these movements is the descending pattern of 'La-Sol-Fa'or 'Three Blind Mice'. The performers are challenged to play in 5,6,7 and more.
- 'Crazy Mice-Go-Round' (2' 06") This strident and insane 'round'encompasses the extreme range of the oboes and English horn while being faithful to the canon's original rhythm. The melody, however, is anything but faithful.
- 'Spanish Mice' (1' 05") This short movement outlines the La-Sol-Fa sequence and throws in a taste of Spain.
- 'Mice Determination' (1' 37") Great energy and an exacting courage runs through this movement and the mice themselves.
- 'Church Mice' (2' 35") This is the story of a musician just trying to do some careful practicing on an old organ in an old church.
- 'The Successful Raid' (4' 25) Marching and on a mission, these three mice go bravely in search of their next meal.
- 'Finale' (7' 04") Beginning with echoes of Beethoven's Trio for 2 Oboes and English horn, the three competitive musicians begin a game of, 'Anything you can do, I can do better!'
Total duration aproximately 21 minutes. The set includes a full score plus parts.
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