The five movements are not programmatic in a literal sense but are suggestive of the tableaux and natural drama one might encounter in a mountain environment. Although the piece was written to be performed in its complete form without breaks between movements, movements can be extracted or rearranged as deemed appropriate.
Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 5
Percussion 1 (4 medium toms, marimba, timbales, cowbell, marimba, suspended cymbal, bass drum, triangle, water gong, vibraphone)
Percussion 2 (4 low toms, small bass drum, 3 suspended cymbals, 3 woodblocks, 2 cowbells, drumset, tam-tam, cuica, guiro)
Percussion 3 (small bass drum, crotales, shaker, maracas, 4 brake drums, afuche, marimba, chinese cymbal, slide whistle, sandpaper blocks, guiro)
Percussion 4 (4 high toms, small suspended cymbal, gong, conga, bongos, vibraphone, temple blocks, ratchet, siren)
Percussion 5 (large bass drum, 3 suspended cymbals, tam-tam, temple blocks, chinese cymbal, 4 metal pipes, piccolo snare drum, 2 timpani, cowbell, slapstick, small Chinese opera gong)
Mountain Images was written in the spring of 1984 for Sounding Visions, a percussion and dance group from the School of Creative Arts and Humanities at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. The work was written in collaboration with choreographer Nancy Lamp.