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Keystone Landscapes (2018)

for trumpet and wind ensemble

KEYSTONE LANDSCAPES was commissioned by Dr. Timothy Winfield, professor of trumpet at Westminster College (PA.) to depict his home, Pennsylvania, and all its beauty. The two movements of KEYSTONE LANDSCAPES reflect two different ideas of the ‘Keystone State’.


Movement 1: “Rolling Hills & Wilderness” depicts just that - the vastness of the Allegheny Mountain. I traveled to Pennsylvania to familiarize myself with the nature I intended to depict and as a Floridian, the mountains (and the tightly woven interstates that scale them) left me breathless - a simultaneous feeling of awe and anxiety. I found the simplicity of the land calming, yet surreal and I aimed to reflect that in the beginning and ending figures. The extended trumpet melodies are intended to depict the endlessness of the wilderness - sometimes innocent and sometimes more threatening. 


Movement 2: “Land of Steel” portrays the export that the state is primarily known for: steel. The opening  resembles the assembly lines of the many factories that can be found in the cities (Pittsburgh, in particular). The trumpet part features an assortment of mutes (straight, cup, and harmon) to reflect the export itself. 


The consortium members for KEYSTONE LANDSCAPES include:


Dr. Timothy Winfield

Dr. Tad Greig, Westminster College

David Reynolds, South Dakota State University

Dr. Hendley Hoge, Mercer Community Band

Tom Groth, W.D. Packard Band

Lowell Hepler, Allegheny College

Dr. Jim Johnson, Kansas State University

Dr. Jonathan Helmick, Slippery Rock University

Dr. Sidney Shuler, Eastern New Mexico

Brian Dell, H.B. Plant High School

John Almeida

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