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Mountain Prayers

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Timothy Mahr

Timothy Mahr

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General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 8:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Masters Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $110.00; (digital) - $15.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


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Program Notes

Mountain Prayers was one of three pieces commissioned by Calvin College for the retirement of their conductor, Dr. Derald De Young, after 27 years of dedication. Each commission was to be inspired by a mountain he had hiked. Mountain Prayers represents Longs Peak, which is one of the highest amongst the Rocky Mountains.

The composer writes:

Mountain Prayers begins withj a shimmering cluster – the face of the mountain as seen from below – followed by a Prayer of Memory. The latter is dawn of humankind. This is a sombre prayer, reflecting my thoughts about our modern encroachment of Longs Peak and other great mountains. Over the past few centuries, we've laid claim to mountains that for thousands of years have been important spiritually to other peoples. A bit later on in the piece, one hears a Prayer of Vision which exalts the views that are possible from the summit – one can seemingly "see forever." More importantly, after the climb, one tends to see within oneself with greater clarity as well. A Prayer of Hope: The Call follows, which is music that I imagined to emanate from on high, calling all to noble action. After this exhilaration, a brief reprise of the Prayer of Memory again grounds the work. A closing Prayer of Hope: Acceptance is our response to the mountain – our "letting-in" of the messages it holds for us.

- Program Note from California State University, Fresno, Wind Orchestra concert program, 15 March 2021


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