Year: 2006 | Grade: 4

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With its height of 4,808 meters, Mont-Blanc is called ‘the roof of Europe’. The highest mountans on our planet have been insurmountable for a long time. Only in the past 250 years have thos giants been scaled. Crystal-hunter Jacques Balmant and Michel-Gabriel paccard, a doctor, were the first to climb Mont-Blanc, in 1786. Many paths lead to Mont-Blanc´s peak: the regular ascent goes through the magnificent ‘voie royale of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains’, which was opened in August 1855 by the englishmen Hudson, Kenney, and Smythe. Today´s most common ascent route, starting from Saint Gervais via Aguille du Goûter (3,853m), Dôme du Goûter (4,304m), and Arête des Bosses (4,547m), was first used in 1861.

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Otto M. Schwarz composed this work inspired by ‘the roof of Europe’ with its luminous and huge glaciers. Early in the morning, mountain-climbers set off to the peak; they witness the sunrise, and experience the hazards that the journey up to the summit brings along. A snowstorm and falling rocks at Arête des Bosses aggravate their journey. A sudden change of weather, however, enables them to reach the top after a strenuous ascent. This piece invites you to an imaginary journey from Saint-Gervais-les-Bains via the “voie royale” to the top of Mont-Blanc.

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