"Before the mountains
Wind Ensemble (Grade 4)
SARAHTIM Music Publishing
Chorale q=56, Toccata q=146 ca. 7:20
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“Before the mountains were born…” is a two-movement work reflecting on two Old Testament passages.
1. Chorale - Psalm 90:2 “Before the mountains were born…”
Lyrical and Polytonal. The Chorale begins the work with gentleness and returns after the Toccata to conclude in triumph.
2. Toccata - Psalm 98:8 “Let the rivers clap their hands; let the mountains shout together for joy.”
The Toccata begins with a rhythmic timpani solo that remains upbeat and joyful as each section enters, culminating in a jubilant and rapturous tutti. The timpani solo returns and sets up the closing section. The brass section enters, joined with accompanying woodwind flourishes that build to a triumphant restatement of the Chorale.
Composed - 2020