Wind From The Mountain
“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
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 seem 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.”