Mount Blanc is inspired by the poem Mont Blanc by Percy Bysshe Shelley. This is reflected in the piece by auditory cues and musical themes. The wind whips around the climber, who is the focus of the piece. As the climber ascends to the peak, they face the dangers of the mountain. Upon arrival at the top of the mountain, the climber finds that there is nothing magical or inherently special about the peak of Mont Blanc, and ultimately realizes the inevitable descension of the mountain.
“Mount Blanc” is for Wind Ensemble. Arrangements are available for Woodwind-Heavy and Balanced ensembles. Written in 2016.
WW-H: 2 Fl. (B foot req.), 2 Cl. in Bb, Bass Cl., 3 Sax. (A., T., B.), 3 Tpt. in Bb, 2 F. Horn in F, 3 Tbn., Euph., Tuba, Timpani, B.D., Sn, Cr. Cym., Chimes, Vibes. Best with multiple players per woodwind part.
Balanced: 2 Fl., Oboe, 2 Cl. in Bb, Bass Cl., Bsn, 3 Sax. (A., T., B.), 3 Trumpets, 2 F. Horn in F, 3 Tbn., Euph., Tuba, Timpani, B.D., Sn., Cr. Cym., Vibes., Orch. Chimes