First performed in a screening of the film VICINO ALLA MONTAGNA by Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Flint Juventino Beppe.
— Vicino alla Montagna, Op.58b opens with the orchestra in full flow, in this terrifically well orchestrated work, taking its sweeping theme and adding so many variations and detailed touches. When the happy, rhythmic second subject appears it features a terrific, jazzy clarinet theme later shared by other woodwind. After increasing in tempo the music slows with a trumpet playing the theme which is taken up by flute before rising through the orchestra with increasing power and drama to a decisive coda. There is no doubt that Beppe really knows how to use an orchestra. This is a terrific piece that shows so much of Beppe’s fine orchestration as well as his inventive ideas.
The Classical Reviewer (UK)
— Flint Juventino Beppe as pictorial artist is also abundantly present in his music – Vicino alla Montagna Op.58b is music to a film with the same title. Beppe paints landscape panoramas with a steady, sure hand. And, from his point of view as a film maker, he seeks long lines in the artistic discourse – like Richard Strauss in his Alpensinfonie he uses the entire expressive register of the orchestra to describe the magnificent peaks in all their inward and outward facets. Unlike Strauss, however, Beppe’s portrayal is darker and more stringent: we are certainly not in the Alps, rather in the weatherbeaten mountains of northern Norway where nature, not man, decides.
Wolfgang Plagge, professor