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Piece Title : Morning Star
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Composer / Arranger : Carlsen, Philip
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Philip Carlsen, born in Coulee Dam, WA, has degrees from the University of Washington, Brooklyn College, and the CUNY Graduate Center. His principal composition teachers were Robert Suderburg and Jacob Druckman. Carlsen has received fellowships from the Maine Arts Commission, the National Institute for Art and Letters, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a residency at the MacDowell Colony. 

In 1989, he was awarded the American Composers Alliance/Town Hall Commission, which resulted in a piece for the Manhattan Marimba Quartet: Evening's Sabres. He was the winner of a commission from the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center in connection with the orchestra's residency history in Maine, writing a septet entitled Maine Traveler's Advisory that was premiered at the Kennedy Center in November 2000. In the summer of 2003, he was a composition fellow at the Ernest Bloch Music Festival Composers Symposium in Newport, OR, for which he wrote the quartet Far Psalteries of Summer. 

A member of the University of Maine at Farmington faculty since 1982, Carlsen conducts the UMF Community Orchestra and teaches a wide range of courses. He received UMF's Distinguished Faculty Award in 1993, and for the 1996-97 academic year, the Libra Professorship, an endowed chair which allowed him to devote half of his time to composition. Currently, he teaches half-time at UMF, and half-time at Bates College, where he conducts the Bates Orchestra.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Mixed Chamber Ensemble
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Instrumentation : Soprano Voice
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Written for / Commissioned by : Manhatten Marimba Quartet
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Publisher :C. Alan Publications
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C. Alan Publications was founded in 1989 to fill a need for high-quality percussion literature.  Since that time, they have adhered to the highest standards of music integrity in the percussion music they publish.  In 1997, they added a line of concert band music to their catalogue, which continues to flourish.  More recently they added music for orchestra (youth, string and full), brass ensemble, chorus, jazz ensemble and chamber ensembles. 

In addition they are the sole distributor of 'Whole Sum Productions' percussion catalogue (WS).  Their music receives extensive exposure through performances on international concerts, clinics and conventions and is widely available on compact disc.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :1991 / 
Duration :5Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
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Based on five poems of Gary Snyder, Morning Star paints a beautiful picture of his words: The Morning Star, Shaman Song, Pine Tree Tops, Birds, and The Myth. Each movement incorporates unique techniques for both the voice and the vibraphone, such as pitch bending, manually controlling the resonator fan with one fan while playing with the other, and spoken word.

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