Emergence was one of the first pieces I wrote when I came to Cedarville. It was a significant step in my learning experience as I employed different writing styles and scales. The name Emergence came about as I was listening to the finished piece. At first, the piece seems triumphant and glad, but then it retreats into a piercing dark for a time. However, the triumphant tune returns in the end, brighter than before. The piece reminded me of a walk a dark place. The dark portion reminded me of cautious steps through mysterious, eerie circumstances, but the ending signifies the traveler stepping into the light of a meadow beyond his dark journey.
Chris DeShields, viola
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Cedarville, music, composition
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Carbaugh, Michael, "Emergence" (2014). Student Composition Recitals. 90.