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Rocky Mountain Suite

Rocky Mountain Suite

by Jonathan Peters

Released 2014
Released 2014
Orchestral music inspired by the Rocky Mountains.
Music by award-winning composer Jonathan Peters. Inspired by life in the Rocky Mountains. Below are quotes, and poems that added additional inspiration for each of the 5 movements.

1. Snowstorm

“When snow falls, nature listens.”

- Antoinette van Kleeff

2. Of Elk and Beaver

Lithe of step and agile,
Slender legs, nor fragile,
Stealthy never stumbling,
Silent, and as if on wing –
Speedier than anything.

Stacks of horns like shaggy trees,
Through the bushes with the breeze,
Who would slay this noble King
Of the forest, curses bring?

- Norris C. Sprigg (excerpts from “The Elk”)

To yon isled castle in
The waters of his pool;
There to pile his storehouse
With bark of aspen full.
Now come the first faint quaverings
Of Winter’s fleecy snow;
The ice forms, and wise Castor
Gloats within his hut below.

- Charles Edwin Hewes (excerpts from “The Beaver”)

3. Water Leaves the Divide

“Don’t you realize that the sea is the home of the water?
All water is off on a journey unless it’s in the sea,
and it’s homesick, and bound to make its way home someday.”

– Zora Neale Hurtson

4. Quaking Aspen

What whispers so strange at the hour of midnight,
From the aspen leaves trembling so wildly?
Why in the lone wood sings it sad, when the bright
Full moon beams upon it so mildly?

- Bernhard S. Ingemann (“The Aspen”)

5. Backbone of the World

Each in accordance with The Will,
Its wondrous purpose to fulfill;
And Earth, so newly grown,
Feeling a thrill of strange unrest,
Gave birth and laid upon her breast
This mighty hymn of stone.

With wonder at the Power displayed
In huge uplifted rocks arrayed
In awful majesty;
Range after range, height upon height,
Attest the great Creator’s might,
Silently, steadfastly.

- Katherine Lee Chambers (excerpts from “Prospective View from Pike’s Peak”)