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Derek Douglas Carter

Derek Douglas Carter

The title is intentionally written in lower case.

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 8:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Derek Douglas Carter
Cost: Score and Parts - $120.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Piano (optional doubling Celesta)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tom-toms (4)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Blocks (3)


None discovered thus far.

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.

Underneath the the surface lay a mystery
a pool to reflect the light
as the schools of fish divert our gaze

When the waters are still
I see myself distracted and dark
craving some energy

yet it was there all along
shifting, a massive shallow
a current to push and pull

flowing out of me
I write it down quick
and explore and revise


- Program Note by composer

For my sister.

- Program Note from score


  • Illinois State University composition competition, 2016, second place.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Derek Douglas Carter, personal correspondence, January 2021
  • Derek Douglas Carter website Accessed 3 January 2021
  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 279.
  • Perusal score