Mount Harvard is the third highest summit in the state of Colorado, as well as the entire stretch of the Rocky Mountains in North America, standing at an astonishing 14, 421 ft. The mountain itself, is
very broad and jagged, and seemingly plays with the clouds that fly through. This piece captures the playfulness of the mountain via a string quartet alternating between pizzicato and bowed passages.
Because this mountain was named after and founded by the first Harvard University Mining School in 1869, there is a certain level of class that is intended in a joking way as an ode to the discoverers. In
the middle of the piece, there is a section that has a pizzicato ostinato tritone motive in piano, to
resemble the jagged pointed character of the mountain. This section slowly moves out of
chromaticism into more tonality and increasing volume, with organized sforzando major chords to restablish a more round body to the range. There is also a darker and highly energetic section to the
piece, portraying the incredible vastness and desolateness of the Mount Harvard Range, reminding those who gaze upon it of the treturous terrain. This section builds and builds until it returns to the
main theme of the piece once again, finalising in forte pizzicato.
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