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Wind from the Mountain

Wind from the Mountain


Brass ensemble and percussion. Commissioned and premiered by the Denver Brass- January 2000.

“This is absolutely one of the most profound and challenging pieces of original brass music that I have ever played in my 43 year career as a professional trumpeter.”

F. Joseph Docksey, principal trumpet
Denver Brass

Composer’s Notes: Wind from the Mountain

A Denver native, Conni returned to Denver for the premiere of Wind from the Mountain, commissioned and performed  by the Denver Brass.

Conni discussed the piece with Denver Post arts critic Glenn Griffin in an article published on January 14, 2000:

When the commission was offered, the parameters were for “brass and percussion” and it should in some way represent Colorado. When I started to write it, it was approximately a year since my mother’s death. When I approached the piece in Colorado there’s those winds that come in the autumn that eem to blow all the old stuff away.

“But these things always take on a life of their own, and the second movement is very dark and it’s about that place in life where, for me personally, from the diagnosis of cancer (in her mother) to the end, there was no way out. There’s no way out; the inevitable will happen; it’s relentless…In the third movement, it ends in a prayer. I’m hoping that it’s basically uplifting.”