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Mountain Thyme

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Samuel Hazo

Samuel Hazo

Subtitle: A Setting of Wild Mountain thyme/The Braes of Balquhidder

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 4:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00  |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone (or Piano)
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Mountain Thyme was commissioned by the Mangelson Family and the Westlake High School Band of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Brek C. Mangelson, conductor. It was composed in memory of Garrett Kenton Mangelson (January 17, 2009-June 29, 2011). Mountain Thyme was premiered on December 12, 2012.

Last year, Brek Mangelson contacted me and, in a lengthy, heartbreaking email, asked if I would compose a memorial piece for his two-year-old son who recently passed in a tragic home accident. I was honestly concerned that I could not bring myself to write such a piece. At last year’s Midwest Clinic, Brek personally approached me and convinced me that I could. Mountain Thyme is the result. I based it on the gorgeous Irish folk song The Braes of Balquhidder. The lyrics of the folk song reference a boy asking a girl if she will go to the mountain and pick the flower wild mountain thyme that grows around the purple heather, the final line being, “Will ye go, lassie, go?” I wrote this setting from the viewpoint of young Garrett, waiting in Heaven for his mother, Brooke. He is asking her if she will go to the mountain with him. This piece exists in that moment.

- Program note by the composer

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