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Lance Witty premieres Mountain Idyll: Les Trois Tétons
March 26, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lance Witty, DMA candidate in trumpet performance, will premiere a new work that I wrote for him on his doctoral recital.
Mountain Idyll: Les Trois Tétons, for trumpet and piano, was inspired by my time in the Grand Teton area of Wyoming this past year. Lance had asked me to write him a vocalise for this recital, and I started work this past July with that intention. The beauty and majesty of the Rocky Mountains in that corner of the country inspired lyrical melodies, and the Snake River evoked a gentle, flowing music, but the unpredictable landscape also conjured darker, turbulent music. Steep rock faces, sudden storms, swift mountain waterfalls, the solitude, even the need to carry bear spray: they worked their way into my music. While this work musically explores the world of the Grand Tetons, it was also written at a tumultuous time for me, personally. It has not escaped me that the landscape that surrounded me became more than my physical environment. On it was mapped the quiet contentment, the heart-bracing dread, and the spectrum of emotion between them that I and anyone in love is likely to experience.
Dr. Colette Valentine will be on piano for this recital which includes Eric Ewazen’s Sonata for Trumpet and Piano and Eric Morales’ Concerto for Two Trumpets with Dr. Jared Broussard. I hope you can join us for what will be a phenomenal concert of chamber works for trumpet.