Symphony No. 1 (Pierson)

From Wind Repertory Project
Brooke Pierson

Brooke Pierson

Subtitle: Annapurna

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 25:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Taurus Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $325.00; (digital) - $325.00   |   Score Only (print) - $125.00


1. Sanctuary
2. Sleep
3. Steep Descent


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba (2 players)
Percussion I-VIII, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbal (large)
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (large)
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba/Celeste
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbals (2)
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Annapurna is a massif found in the Himalayas of Nepal. This range of mountains includes Annapurna I Main, which is the 10th highest mountain in the world. Although Annapurna is only among the tallest of the world, historically it has been known to be the most deadly. At this time of this composition the fatality-to-summit ratio is 32%. In October of 2014, 43 people lost their lives because of snowstorms and avalanches on and around the mountain.

I. Sanctuary: The Annapurna Sanctuary is a plateau/glacial basin that lays at an altitude of 4000 meters. It was believed that this was the home to several deities of Hinduism and Buddhism including Shiva who was thought to live at Machapuchare, a mountain located within Annapurna. The Annapurna Sanctuary is a location of spiritual connection as well as a major route for climbers to access the peaks.

II. Sleep: One of the dangers of climbing such heights is exposure to the elements such as cold. This movement highlights the feeling of exhaustion and freezing temperature that accompany the beauty of climbing to the peaks.

III. Steep Descent: For those who are able to return from the trek safely, the descent is joyous, however, still fraught with danger.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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