Duration: 7.5 min.
March 26th, 2017
Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin
Lance D. Witty, trumpet and Colette Valentine, piano
Mountain Idyll: Les Trois Tétons, for trumpet and piano, was inspired by my time in the Grand Teton mountains of northwest Wyoming in 2016. At that time, trumpeter Lance Witty asked me to compose a simple vocalise for him. I set to work with that intention, but a larger work emerged. The beauty and majesty of the Rocky Mountains in that corner of the country inspired lyrical melodies and the Snake River evoked gentle, flowing music, but the landscape also conjured darker, turbulent music. Steep rock faces, sudden thunderstorms, swift mountain waterfalls, the solitude, even the initial jolt of worry when reminded to carry bear spray: all these emotions worked their way into my music.