Dark Mountains/Distant Lights

  • Title Dark Mountains/Distant Lights
  • Year 2016
  • Instr vln
  • Duration 10 min
  • Categories Solo
  • Publisher ACA

World premiere: March 15, 2016 MetArtsLive, The Met Breuer, NY; Miranda Cuckson, violin


“In the lineage of Roger Sessions’s Sonata for Solo Violin and Donald Martino’s Fantasy-Variations is Karchin’s Dark Mountains/Distant Lights (2016). Inspired by the Watchung Mountains near the composer’s home in New Jersey, the piece plays with perceptions of near and far; Karchin even illustrates in music how images fleetingly appear, only to disappear again. This is a transfixing performance from Cuckson.

Colin Clarke, Fanfare (03/2021)