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Carter Pann

Carter Pann

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General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 25:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. The Gate - 8:10
2. Two Tangos Entangled - 4:40
3. Melody Machine
4. Labyrinth


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Program Notes

My new work Labyrinth for Ithaca College could have easily been titled as my Third Symphony. The work is larger in scope than every other work of mine for winds, save perhaps my first symphony. The piece is cast in two parts, each consisting of two movements. As it happened I wrote the movements backwards (fitting for something called Labyrinth). The size of the band is on par with that of Karel Husa’s Music for Prague 1968 with one exception: there is an electric keyboard part which lends certain moments in the piece an “other-worldly” ambience ... sounds that are altogether different from anything possible from acoustic instruments.

At the risk of sounding obvious or mundane, I have had two words floating around my brain for the composing of this piece — HUGE and melodic. My predisposition to create inherently melodic music is inescapable at this point in my career. This is the kind of music I have gravitated towards since beginning at the piano so long ago. I don’t write ambient or spectral music ... nor do I write music full of effects or shock value. The crafting of melodies with import has always made the process of my composing the most satisfying. The very last movement of Labyrinth is gargantuan and should leave the audience and players sonically drenched by the end.

I’m so honored to have this opportunity to compose for Ithaca College’s 50th anniversary of that seminal work of Karel Husa’s. I have known Music for Prague for as long as I’ve known serious music for winds. It is my aim that every moment of Labyrinth offers the players as much to bite their teeth on as it leaves the audience mesmerized from front to back.

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State Ratings

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  • University of Colorado Boulder Wind Symphony (Donald J. McKinney, conductor) - 11 November 2021
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Christopher Hughes, conductor) – 25 April 2019 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer