Postcards from Pikes Peak was commissioned by the Pikes Peak Flute Choir and Conductor Treese Kjeldsen, in honor of Director Emeritus Karen Morsch. Written in three movements, Postcards from Pikes Peak celebrates the area around Colorado Springs, Colorado, from majestic mountains, many over 14,000 feet above sea level, to the economic importance of the military to the region, and nearby world class ski slopes.
- Garden of the Gods is a National Historic Landmark is owned by the City of Colorado Springs which features unique red, pink, and white sandstone rock formations, grasslands of the Great Plains, woodlands, and mountain forests of the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak. Many native peoples such as Ute, Comanche, Apache, Kiowa, Shoshone, Cheyenne, Pawnee and Lakota, have found a spiritual connection in the red rocks. The first movement, Garden of the Gods, celebrates this connection with a plaintive Native American flute duet in the pentatonic minor scale (which may be performed on c-flutes), followed by a melody marked misterioso written in the blues scale. As the melody progresses, there is an interjection of the song America the Beautiful, which was written from the top of Pikes Peak. The movement closes with an embellished reprise of the blues scale melody.
- Salute! – Colorado Springs is home to the United States Air Force Academy, NORAD/Northcom, Air Force Space Command and Fort Carson. The Aerospace and Defense industry is of great economic importance to the area. This movement, Salute!, is a march written as a tribute to the military.
- Ski! – Colorado Springs is near many world class ski slopes. The third movement, Ski!, celebrates the excitement of the slopes with a downhill run.
Postcards from Pikes Peak is scored for piccolo, 3 flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and contrabass flute. If without a contra, use the contrabass part as Bass Flute 2.
Level 3+ (9:20)