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Mountain Watches Over Us, The

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John Alan Carnahan

John Alan Carnahan

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General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 6:55
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: John Carnahan]
Cost': Score and Parts (print) - $95.00 (sales beginning January 2017)


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Program Notes

This piece was commissioned for the retirement of John Miller after 40 years as a music educator. Mountains, by definition, dominate their surroundings with towering height; they command attention. Their majestic presence, long weathered and scarred by the elements, have always awed and inspired man. Since antiquity, mountains have represented the divine, People are drawn to them for protection, guidance, and inspiration.

40 miles south of Salt Lake City rising majestically 11,753 ft. from the Utah Valley floor stands Mount Timpanogos. Mount Timpanogos dominates the landscape and can be viewed from anywhere in the valley. Its morning shadow reaches across Utah lake and leaves no ground untouched. Its cracks and crevasses bring life-giving water to the valley floor and provide refuge from the storms. It stands as a constant reminder of the majesty and grandeur of God’s creations and seems always to watch over the valley below.

John Miller’s career as a music educator stretches across the profession and has influenced hundreds of teachers and programs throughout the United States. His sure foundation has encouraged numerous students to contribute positively to society. His faith and devotion have protected and inspired those who have sought comfort and encouragement. John’s influence will most certainly prove to be everlasting just as the majestic mountains around us. Truly, he will be the mountain watching over us.

- Program Note by Jermie Arnold for California State University, Long Beach, Symphonic Band concert program, 6 October 2016

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