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Volver a la Montaña

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Shelley Hanson

Shelley Hanson

This work is the second movement of the suite Islas y Montañas. The title translates from the Spanish as "Return to the mountain."

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 5:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.50


Full Score
C Piccolo 1-2 (Piccolo 2 is optional)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (optional)
English Horn (optional)
Eb Clarinet (optional)
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet (optional)
Bb Bass Clarinet I-II
Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpets (in Bb) I-II-III
Cornets 1-2 (optional)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Baritone (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass
Harp or Synthesizer (optional)

  • Bongo or bass drum or floor tom
  • Marimba (optional)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone(optional)


  • Tenor Sax. m. 60: C#, not D#
  • Marimba. m. 59, beat 2: b minor chord, not G major

Program Notes

Volver a la Montaña (Return to the Mountain) is the second movement of the four-movement suite and is based on several folk tunes of the Quechua ("Inca") people of Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Near the end of the movement, the folk song Separación (Separation) is quoted briefly. The words are "My mother told me not to cry, though I'm leaving the mountains forever." Over the past century, many of the Quechua people have had to leave their villages forever because of the economic difficulty of trying to maintain their traditional mountain lifestyle.

The movement opens with a stately processional, followed by a fast dance that uses the characteristic Latin American alternation or simultaneous appearance of two- and three-beat patterns. In the return to the processional theme near the end of the movement, muted trumpets echo the flutes, as sound would echo in the mountains.

- Program Note by publisher

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Iowa: IV
  • Louisiana: V
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • Texas: V. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Westchester (N.Y.) Symphonic Winds (Albert Nguyen, conductor) – 10 November 2019
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 27 February 2019
  • University Of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band (J. Benjamin Jones, Conductor) – 19 February 2019
  • University of Ottawa (Ont.) Wind Ensemble (Daniel Gress, conductor) – 7 February 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Eric M. Smedley, conductor) – 8 November 2016
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Stephen Piazza, conductor) – 23 October 2016
  • Austin (Tex.) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 3 April 2016
  • Montgomery County Concert Band (Hatfield, Penn.) – 2015
  • Bixby High School (Oklahoma) Wind Ensemble (Jeremy W. Parker, conductor) - May 2013

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  • Hanson, S. (2003). Volver a la Montaña : From Islas y Montañas [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: New York.