The Legendary Journey to the Peak of Mt. Eden (suite)
for Wind Ensemble
K. Cato, 2012
The Legendary Journey to the Peak of Mt. Eden is a four movement suite depicting an adventurous story of a young Italian pirate, named Fabian, as he pursues the beautiful Asian princess Lin across the globe realizing their apparent social differences aren't as powerful as their hidden love for each other.
Musically, the suite contains four tone poems which takes the listener on a trip to several continents and infuses the musical styles of Latino, Asian, African, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, and European influences into a sound inclusive of all cultures. As such, it truly represents the cultural diversity of the city Hayward and the students of the Mt. Eden High School Music Program. The tale begins as Fabian tells the story about his complicated past and slowly begins to imagine the memories of chasing after his true love.
As defined from the Urban Dictionary, Wheelhouse is anything that can be acted on with confident success. It originates from the fact that a wheelhouse is the room on the bridge of a ship where you steer from, providing you with clear view and control to steer the situation.
I. Imaginary Wheelhouse
Demetrius, lord of the pirates, devises a diabolical plan to kidnap the Asian princess Lin and force her to marry his son Leon. They decide to have Fabian, Leon, and a crew of pirate shipmates gain access to her ship by volunteering to help take a special cargo of goods back to Asia with her crew as appreciation for visiting their lands during the New Moon Carnival Festival. Lin and Fabian reunite at the Carnival, not remembering they have met in their distance past. Internal conflict and passion flares as the interaction ignites former memories that they cannot clearly articulate.
The day before they depart for Asia, Fabian visits a fortune teller and is told that his current life has been shrouded in deception and deceit, but greatness awaits him. She tells him of the Legend of Mt. Eden and that people still hold on to the hope that a leader will take them to the fabled New World. She sees that he could be that person. He doesn't think this is possible as he doesn't remember anything about his royal blood or past upbringing.
II. Fiery Wheelhouse
Fabian and crew depart on the Princesses' ship planning all along to be intercepted by their pirate mates’ vessels, ultimately intending to hijack their crew and kidnap the princess. However, after spending time on Lin’s ship, Fabian begins to have second thoughts about his intention to kidnap the princess. Lin and Fabian continue to have flash backs to old memories of each other and try feverishly to dismiss these visions as disillusions. Lin begins to favor Fabian’s company on the ship and stays up past the crews’ curfew to tell him stories of her lands and what would have been if she were to marry the Italian prince of Italy.
III. Mystic Peak
They arrive in Asia and Fabian is wonderstruck by the beauty and culture of Lin's people. Their relationship grows in her native land as they take their cargo to the Mystic Peak where her Father Boa, the Emperor, lives. Fabian doesn't want to depart for Italy without Lin, nor does she want him to go.
IV. New World Legacy
Lin decides to see Fabian off to sea on his return home when, as planned, Fabians pirate companions arrive to hijack the ship. Fabian attempts to prevent them from apprehending Lin, but Leon catches her off guard and subdues the princess. In that moment, Lin makes the connection between Fabian and Leon, discovering his initial intent to capture her. She is very disappointed with his deceit. Leon locks up Lin and Fabian in the ships holding quarters and departs for Africa in order to carry out the plan to wed the princess and become the heir to the throne.
Together, Lin and Fabian secretly escape from the ship on a small row boat and make their way to the shores of Africa. Lin knows her father's armada will be coming to rescue her. She tells Fabian that they must make their way to the docks at the port city where her father will come to make diplomacy. They secretly make their way there, but discover Leon is there waiting for them as well.
Fabian challenges Leon to a duel to end the conflict once and for all. He reigns supreme, but not before the back of his hair gets cut off in the skirmish, revealing his royal birth mark that has not been visible because of the location of where it is on the back of his neck.
The emperor and Lin discover that Fabian is the true prince of Italy whom she was always meant to marry. Fabian, Lin and her parents return to Italy and reveal the news to Fabians true parents, the king and queen. There is a big celebration/wedding, which results in them taking a fleet from both empires to go to the Americas to start a new nation. To The peak of Mt. Eden!!!