Composed by Rob Stein Percussion by Trent Gronewold and Eric Shriver Originally commissioned for: Davis High School - Kaysville, UT
It takes a unique kind of bravery, strength, and fortitude to climb the world’s highest peaks. “The Summit” explores the thrills, challenges, and pains of climbing the tallest mountains of the world through imaginative and high-energy original music.
The show begins with trumpet and horn soloists signaling the dawning of a new day and with it, a new adventure. The energy of the forthcoming climb builds into an optimistic impact as our climbers prepare to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.
Driving rhythms lead us to a fanfare-like thematic statement depicting the thrill of starting a new climb. Melodies soar to new heights just like our climbers, and we take in the beautiful vistas along the climb. Another triumphant impact signals the successful completion of the first leg of the journey.
Missteps can be costly in a climb, and one such misstep creates chaos. Intense and foreboding music coupled with realistic electronic samples depict the harrowing experience of fighting through an avalanche on the mountainside. Effective and achievable technique features for each section heighten the intensity while still laying comfortably on the instruments. An energetic percussion feature allows your students to shine in this movement! The percussion feature builds to an explosive conclusion, and the snow begins to settle as the avalanche ends.
This movement depicts the desolation that follows the harrowing avalanche. A solo horn sings a mournful yet also hopeful melody as we hear the wind whooshing through the quiet air. Our climbers must forge on, however, and we are overcome with hope as this movement builds to a beautiful climax.
The climb continues as we near the summit. A trumpet solo signals that we are close, and a tutti crescendo pushes us up the final steps to the mountaintop. More stunning samples lead to a gorgeous impact as we reach the summit and take in the view from the top of the world.
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