Alice leaves the tea party and comes upon three living playing cards painting the white roses on a rose tree red because The Queen of Hearts hates white roses. A procession enters the garden. Alice then meets the King and Queen. The Queen introduces her trademark phrase "Off with his head!" Alice is invited to play a game of croquet but the game quickly descends into chaos. Live flamingos are used as mallets and hedgehogs as balls and Alice once again meets the Cheshire Cat. The Queen of Hearts then orders the Cat to be beheaded, only to have her executioner complain that this is impossible since the head is all that can be seen of him. Because the cat belongs to the Duchess, the Queen is prompted to release the Duchess from prison to resolve the matter.
After starting music at the age of 20, Richard Dubugnon was accepted to the Paris Conservatory in 1992, where he graduated with prizes in Double Bass, Counterpoint, and Fugue. He also studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, becoming a fellow there in 1998.
His music, characterized as “driven by a playful, modern sensibility,” has been commissioned and performed by such artists as Janine Jansen, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Julian Rachlin, and Gautier Capuçon, earning awards such as the Pierre Cardin Prize and the Grand Prix Lycéen.
Forthcoming projects include a concerto for two pianos for the Labèques, a co-commission by the LA Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Orchestre de Paris.
"Alice thought she had never seen such a curious croquet-ground in her life; it was all ridges and furrows; the balls were live hedgehogs, the mallets live flamingoes, and the soldiers had to double themselves up and to stand on their hands and feet, to make the arches."
"[Richard Dubugnon is] the son of Ravel and Prokofiev."
Jaques Doucelin, Le Figaro
Lewis Carroll, A Mad Tea-Party