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Love Letters from the Lost Cause (score and parts)

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By John Carbon

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Violin, Violoncello, Piano (score and parts) - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by John Carbon (1951-). 21st Century. Score, Set of Parts. 70 pages. Published by JCcollections (S0.9458).

Item Number: S0.9458

Love Letters from the Lost Cause is my third piano trio, composed in the fall months of 2012, for violinist Michael Jamanis, ‘cellist Sara Male and pianist Steven Graff. While composing this piece I was inspired by images of haunted roads in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This year is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and In particular I was thinking of the ghosts I’ve seen of Civil War soldiers repetitively crossing some of the dirt roads on the battlefield at dawn and dusk. While composing, I was imagining a composite of love letters written by soldiers recounting their encampment experiences in which lanterns created ghostly halos around music making and dancing that was undoubtedly designed to fend off the fear of impending battle. I also imagined some soldiers writing to those at home expressing hope, but all too often questioning their own motives for fighting in what so many were calling the “Great Lost Cause.”.

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