Winner of the 2007 CBDNA Young Band Composition Competition.
A tone poem, ...and the antelope play, depicts the transformation through time of the Antelope Valley -- from ancient times, to the eventual displacement of the Native American culture, to modern times. The work considers both geographical and cultural aspects in its musical portrayal of the vast and beautiful high desert of California.
The title is taken from the 19th century song, Home on the Range, specifically from the line, "Where the deer and the antelope play," although you will not hear the song except in some melodic fragments. The thematic material of the music is based solely upon these fragments and word association from the song. Although well hidden, you may find the themes more readily by word association than by melodic association.
...and the antelope play is a through-composed tone poem in eight sections, played without pause, with each section bearing a descriptive verse from Carnahan's poem:
...first there was wind
...behold the valley
...and the antelope play
...the plight of the valley
...the spirit remains
...and the antelope?
...the valley home