"Tirolean Trek" (A Hike in the Bavarian Alps) by Mark Wolfram was inspired by a trip the composer took in 1989. After winning the International Horn Society's composition contest for his "Brass Trio-1988", Mark was invited to Munich, West Germany for the world premiere at the society's annual international conference.
While in Germany, Mark stayed with good friends Scott and Angi Stuer in Rosenheim (about 75 kilometers south of Munich). Scott and Angi were terrific hosts and showed Mark many marvelous sights in Germany and Austria. This included a warm summer afternoon trip to the Bavarian Alps where they stopped at a chalet-side cafe for some coffee before trekking up the mountain on foot to reach a secluded Tirolean lake and relax in the sunshine. There was even a small storm squall which blew over quickly before they departed down the hillside for home. "Tirolean Trek" is a tone poem based on that afternoon - in the framework of a march. "Tirolean Trek" was premiered by Lorelei Conrad (Lieutenant Commander, USN, Retired) leading the Tucson Concert Band on May 13, 2012.
"Tirolean Trek" is a GRADE 3 band composition and highlights a European approach to marches with a slower tempo, more subtle dynamic shadings and "yodel" calls peppered throughout the second half. This is a toe-tapper which bands and audiences of all ages enjoy! The duration is approximately 3:20.
A complete set of full-sized parts and a bound, transposed
full score are included. Available only through this website from
Sound Studio Publications. The instrumentation/parts distribution for each set is as follows: