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High Songs, The

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Carter Pann

Carter Pann

Subtitle: For Amplified Cello and Chamber Winds

General Info

Year: 2016
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $140.00   |   Score Only (print) - $60.00


1. Nepenthe
2. Moto Perpetuo
3. Passacaglias
4. Adjusting the Torque
5. Song for Heidi


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute II
Flute I
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II including:

  • Bongos
  • Cabassa
  • Cowbell
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Flexatone
  • Glockenspiel
  • Log Drum
  • Mark Tree
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Thai Gongs (tuned)
  • Timbale
  • Tom-tom
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone

Solo Cello, amplified


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The High Songs was a commission led by Brian Lamb for his colleague Tess Remy-Schumacher and the University of Central Oklahoma Wind Symphony, in addition to nine other universities around the country. Very soon after I began writing the work did I realize the higher tessitura of the cello would be featured throughout and that I was actually writing songs for the instrument. The movements vary in genre, and it was my hope to present a balanced progression to the end.

The first movement, Nepenthe, opens the work on a minimalist plane, calling attention to the sedative nature of this calming elixir. The second movement, Moto Perpetuo, barrels forward with big-band style and rapid scherzando passages in the middle.

Movement III, Passacaglias, gives the cello a bel canto role over an ensemble that presents three very slow patterns over time. These patterns in the ensemble are based on simple interval games, wherein the challenge for the composer is to find a harmonic progression that drapes naturally over the stubborn patterns.

The final Movement, V, Song for Heidi, (with piano 4-hands), is a simple song to close out the set. My fiance, Heidi Ames, and I will often sit at the piano together for long stretches of time and play through four-hand music. It's difficult to find greater joy than right then in those private moments.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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