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An Instrument Divided By Carter Callison
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The double bass has used numerous tunings throughout the course of its history. The standard fourths-tuning of the double bass did not settle until the 1920s and bassists have neglected to explore... More > tunings that were previously used. Recently, a small faction of the bass world has explored tuning the bass in fifths (C’ G’ D A) for the first time in over a hundred years. At the same time, a bassist in Germany has begun to experiment with another fifths-tuned bass tuned G’ D A e. Since the bass has a limited amount of repertoire and is arguably one of the most difficult instruments to physically play, this paper proposes that by combining these two tunings, a player will be able to execute music in a more efficient and musical manner. The foundation for a substantial amount of this research was obtained through a workshop as well as interviews with many renowned bassists. The insights discovered through this project led to the development of a new work for piano and double bass that is included in this paper.< Less
Little Book of Musings By Carter Callison
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Little Book of Musings is a song cycle in twelve short movements. Each movement sets a different quote or poem by a prominent thinker in history. Soprano, Flute (doubling piccolo and alto), double... More > bass, Piano/Celesta, and Percussion.< Less
Apparitions By Carter Callison
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Apparitions is a substantial work for solo five- string double bass lasting approximately 18 minutes. Each of the four movements gets its title from "ghostlike visions" garnered by... More > different religions and cultures. In order to depict the delicate nature of a fleeting image, much of the composition uses substantial rubato and can be performed in a quasi-recitative style. This allows the performer great flexibility to interpret the subtle passages throughout the work.< Less
Spheres of Reverberation By Carter Callison
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Commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music Brass Ensemble in collaboration with the Spitalfields Summer Festival.
Lucid Dreaming By Carter Callison
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A lucid dream is any dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. There have been references to this phenomenon throughout history with a notable example from the Greek philosopher Aristotle who... More > said, "Often when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream”. The following concerto, Lucid Dreaming, is a quasi-narrative representation of a ‘protagonist’ lost in subsequent dreams. Each of the dreams portrays various erogenous visions that the protagonist (solo clarinet) begins to influence. The first dream, Amorous Specter, depicts a ghost-like vision that gradually interacts with the dreamer as if they possess a mystical bond. Noctambulation is defined as sleepwalking, or in the literary sense as ‘a stroll by night’. This static movement illustrates a slow journey through a forest illuminated by the moon. The final movement, Bacchanal, is a socially irreverent portrayal of carnal intoxication and lust.< Less
Laniakea By Carter Callison
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Laniakea is a double bass concerto that explores vast micro-tonal harmonies that merge into light polyphony. It was written for a five-string double bass and uses scordatura in the the string parts.
Illusions By Carter Callison
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This work was first performed by Duo Isold (Gudny Jonasdottir and Elisabeth Streichert) on August 14, 2012. The concert took place at the Listasafn Sigurjóns Ólafssonar in Reykjavik,... More > Iceland.< Less
Mozart Cadenzas for Piano Concerto No. 20 By Carter Callison
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Commissioned by Thibault Back and Elisabeth Streichert, these modern cadenzas challenge the audience’s perceptions of musical tradition.
On Harmony By Carter Callison
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Written for Dan Lippel. This piece was first premiered in Germany in 2009. It is based on the Hebrew folk tune "Hine Ma Tov".
Prelude and Disintegration By Carter Callison
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This work was first performed by the Kadans Duo on February 21st, 2012. The concert took place in the Duke’s Hall at the Royal Academy of Music.