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As I Gaze from the High Mountain

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Patrick J. Burns

Patrick Burns

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $50.00   |   Score - $5.00


Full Score
Flute (Oboe)
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone (Baritone T.C.)
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone (Baritone B.C.)
Percussion I-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

As I Gaze from the High Mountain is based on the 19th-century Japanese folk song “Takai-Yama”. This pentatonic tune, which was used by Giacomo Puccini in Madama Butterfly, sounds serious and dramatic, but supports a lyric that is anything but:

As I gaze from the high mountain
Into the valley below
(Look now!)
Cucumbers and eggplants are at their peak of blossoming.

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Recent Performances

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  • Oceanport Middle School Band (Patrick Burns, conductor) - 11 May 2011
  • West Ridge Middle School Wind Ensemble (Susan Glover, conductor) - 18 December 2010

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