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Derek Carter

Derek Carter

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General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Consciousness and life energy has always been of interest to me, both from a life and compositional standpoint. During the winter of 2014, my dark energies began to take over and I found myself engulfed by darkness. I began to envision consciousness as an ocean, and thought I had found the Marianas Trench. Always adventurous, I decided to explore my consciousness like a deep-sea diver. In the depths of the darkness, I found life, but no light to identify it. This has been the inspiration of the piece: formless energies emerging in and out of perception, surrounded by a dark stagnation. Although these “things” never become identified, we realize that there does not need to be any identification, and eventually we will find some sense of stability and comfort in the unknown, the darkness.

- Program Note by composer

This work placed 2nd in the 2016 Illinois State University composition competition.

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Martin H. Seggelke, conductor) – 23 March 2016 – *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by this Composer


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