This timpani solo is based upon the topography and history of Temple Mountain, Utah. The opening motive is based upon the jagged landscape of the mountain. A variety of extended techniques reference the mystique of rich Native American traditions as displayed in petroglyphs near the mountain and the active uranium mining at the mountain (geiger counter sound effect included!).
Dedicated to my parents in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. The musical elements are drawn from the date they were married, September 30, 1966. The piece is a jazz waltz with 9 small beats per measure for the month (September) and is 30 bars long for the day (30). The main melodic motive contains two consecutive intervals of a 6th for the year 1966.