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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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Almost Spring By Carter Callison
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The work was first performed by Ensemble 111 at the Royal Academy of Music on March 14, 2012 under the baton of Thibault Back. The structure is loosely based on the form of Vivaldi’s Winter... More > while the harmonies and rhythms use a modern approach.< Less