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Program note: Taran Carter's "Imagined Red"

  • © Taran Carter
  • Source: Produced for and provided by Melbourne Composer's League

Imagined red is essentially a response to the images and stereotypes of Outback Australia. It begins with an arid, dry landscape and progresses through many of the outback's faces; unpredictability, yearning, rain, and once again aridity.

Perhaps ironically, the piece was begun in tropical far-north Queensland and finished in Melbourne; hence the imagery is more imagined than experienced. This is the romantic Outback more than the harsh reality that it undeniably is. Imagined Red is dedicated to and written for Anne Norman and Peter Hagen, two immensely talented musicians who have inspired this piece as much as the landscape has.


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