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Pikes Peak 

Brian Balmages
Grade 4

This dramatic work follows a hiker from the base of Pikes Peak to the summit, encountering all the legend and history along the way. From the numerous reported signs of Big Foot to spectacular views, the opening embodies many different moods. An energetic section introduces small elements of America, the Beautiful before being fully realized in a powerful moment reflective of when Katharine Lee Bates reached the summit herself in 1883 and penned the words shortly thereafter. Ideal as a festival work while also perfect for directors looking for a “different kind” of patriotic piece.

Audio Only:
Item No.
Full Set: B1767 90.00
Score Only: B1767S 6.00