A Mountain Symphony, originally a poem, is an unusual hybrid blending poetry, recitation, vocalization and piano music. Optimal effect and substance can be achieved when recitalist and accompanist are inspired to improvise and play off each other, adding nuance to their own forms of expression. Any such performance can transcend what was written, taking an audience to a different sphere of performance art altogether.
A Mountain Symphony is an earlier version of “An Alpine Panorama” printed in this poetry book, The Bomb That Blew Up God and Other Serious Poems.
I’m extremely thankful to my accompanist and composer Nathanael Zumstein on piano, for inspiring me to explore realms of beauty beyond this world’s.
View also a review of an earlier performance of some Tone Poems by Diana Rugh.