- Program Notes
- When troubling feelings spiral out of control, The Hill We Climb assures us that we are never powerless. No matter how anxious or hopeless we become, we are capable of amazing accomplishments with the help of others. The Hill We Climb uses several modes of F melodic minor, expanding students’ ears beyond the diatonic modes and providing a useful application for melodic minor scales. The entire piece expands on motives of the initial theme (mm. 7-20), including a recurring syncopated groove that introduces students to asymmetric rhythms.