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The Duchess is brought to the croquet ground at Alice's request. She ruminates on finding morals in everything around her. The Queen of Hearts dismisses her on the threat of execution and she introduces Alice to the Gryphon, who takes her to the Mock Turtle. The Mock Turtle is very sad, even though he has no sorrow. He tries to tell his story about how he used to be a real turtle in school, which the Gryphon interrupts so they can play a game.


Chapter Nine - The Mock Turtle's Story

Ilya Gringolts

Winner of the 1998 International Violin Competition ‘Premio Paganini’, Ilya Gringolts studied violin and composition at the St Petersburg Special Music School and at the Juilliard School in New York with Itzhak Perlman and the late Dorothy Delay. He was also one of twelve young artists selected by the BBC for their New Generation Artists scheme.

Ilya has performed with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, and has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon—including a Gramophone Award-winning CD of Taneyev chamber music—BIS, Hyperion, Onyx and Orchid Classics.

Renowned in the field of contemporary music, his own compositions have been recorded by BIS.

"They had not gone far before they saw the Mock Turtle in the distance, sitting sad and lonely on a little ledge of rock, and, as they came nearer, Alice could hear him sighing as if his heart would break. She pitied him deeply. 'What is his sorrow?'"

"Gringolts is inviting comparison with the great violinists, as well as the “period-performance” players of today. The amazing thing is that Gringolts triumphs on both levels."

The Times

Lewis Carroll, The Mock Turtle's Story

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