"Before the mountains were born..."

"Before the mountains
were born..."
for Wind Ensemble
Grade 3-4
by Stephen Hill (ASCAP)
00:00 / 07:21
SARAHTIM Music Publishing

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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 rhythmic timpani solo returns, joined by the brass section, which is overlaid with woodwind flourishes and builds to a triumphant restatement of the Chorale.

Composed - 2020

Publisher - SARAHTIM Music Publishing (Stephen Hill) ASCAP

Instrumentation - Woodwinds - Piccolo, Flute 1-2, Oboe, Bb Clarinet 1-3, Bb Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Eb Alto Saxophone 1-2, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone Brass - Bb Trumpet 1-3, Horn in F 1-4, Trombone 1-3, Euphonium, Tuba Strings - String Bass  Percussion - Timpani, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Toms, Hi-Hat, Cymbals, Triangle, Tambourine, Shaker, Wind Chimes, Gong, Rain Stick Mallets - Chimes, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Marimba, Piano

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