Three Summits

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James M. David

James M David

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Subtitle: Concerto for Trombone

General Info

Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: VI (solo); IV (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts – Available September 2024


  1. Mount of the Holy Cross
  2. Town of Independence, Population 1
  3. Race to the Clouds


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Program Notes

Since moving to my adoptive home of Colorado, the state’s rugged landscape has never ceased to enchant and inspire me. Most iconic are the Colorado Fourteeners: the mighty peaks above 14,000 feet that call to adventurous people throughout the world. My new concerto for trombone depicts views of three such mountains from different angles and different seasons to create a hopefully engaging meeting of my favorite instrument and my home.

First is the Mount of the Holy Cross viewed in midsummer. This famous peak with a distinctive cross-shaped snowfield is depicted in all its glory after a steady ascent from the nearby Vail Valley with a few references to famous Christian hymns. Next is Mount Elbert seen from Independence in midwinter. The ghost town of Independence sits near Colorado’s highest peak in a pristine alpine valley, and only one resident remained after the brutal 1899 winter. Hushed, faintly remembered campfire songs waft through the naked aspens, frozen lakes, and skeletal cabins. Last is the notorious Pikes Peak Hill Climb also known as The Race to the Clouds. Early each summer since 1916, daring auto racers summit the only Fourteener accessible by motor vehicle. Raucous engines and death-defying curves provide for an aggressive and white-knuckle ride to the top and a hopefully breathless conclusion to the concerto.

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  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Symphonic Winds (Colin McKenzie, conductor; Ben McIlwain, trombone) - 12 November 2023 *Premiere Performance*

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