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Mount Evans is the 14th tallest mountain in the State of Colorado, and the reason that this mountain is included in this set is due to the iconic view the mountain has from the city of Denver. The peak is monumental and unmissable from the city, but it also does not come without its controversy. The mountain and its name have a dark past, and has a movement suggesting it be renamed “Mount Blue Sky”. The mountin was named after Colorado Governor John Evans, and the controversy is that he ordered the murder of over 200 Native American Cheyanne and Arapaho members in the “Sand Creek Massacre” of 1864. This mountain and its name does not sit well with the Colorado populous and the remaining Native Americans of the region. This picture capture’s the mountain's dark past, but encourages the experience and reality of its present beauty. Mount Evans is incredibly green leading up to the mountain, and has a large floral blooming. The mountain has intriguing wildlife in the area and has a great admiration from those who visit it. The piece opens up honorably, but quickly gives a brief insight into something unsettling through diminished and augmented chords, then resolving to a burst and returning to the main theme. This darkness will be revisted later in the piece through a tense and aggressive section, having seemingly random outbursts from the flute above the other instruments playing in a darker demeanor through augmented and diminished chords, which seem atonal but has clear intention. This will then be followed by a gentle echo effect between the french horn, clarinet, and oboe in a semi-tone and whole tone progression. This will then resolved and become  progressively steadier, as an ode to the Native Americans that have persevered through to today, and the wonder that the mountain itself gives. In the middle of the piece, nearing the end, there is also an oboe solo in remembrance and reflection of looking out onto the peak of the elegant natural phenomenon, and feeling the sense of awe that so many have experienced. The piece ends on a suspension post flute and oboe ornamentation to not only maintain the physical beauty and emotional impact of seeing and visiting the mountain, but to also keep subtle reminder of its dark history that still carries through today.

Mount Evans: A Monumental Elegy for Woodwind Quintet

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