The White Rabbit appears again in search of the Duchess's gloves and fan. Mistaking her for his maidservant, Mary Ann, he orders Alice to go into the house and retrieve them, but once she gets inside she starts growing. The horrified Rabbit orders his gardener, Bill the Lizard, to climb on the roof and go down the chimney. Outside, Alice hears the voices of animals that have gathered to gawk at her giant arm. The crowd hurls pebbles at her, which turn into little cakes. Alice eats them, and they reduce her again in size.
Poul Ruders trained as an organist and has also studied orchestration with the composer Karl Aage Rasmussen. Today he is the most frequently played living Danish composer both in Denmark and abroad.
His 2000 opera, The Handmaid’s Tale, was a resounding success and has since celebrated triumphs in London, Minnesota and Toronto. Poul Ruders was named “Composer of the Year” at MIDEM and the recording of the opera was nominated for two Grammys.
Commissions have since come from the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 2005 Ruders was awarded the Wilhelm Hansen Composer’s Prize.
"It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, `when one wasn't always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what CAN have happened to me."
"Mr. Ruders is a prodigiously skilled and daringly imaginative craftsman, and Kafka's Trial is a brilliant achievement."
The Daily Telegraph
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