SYMPHONIC SUITE NO. 3: THE FOREST AND THE MOUNTAINS from composer Mark John McEncroe contains three movements — “Meandering in the Forest,” “Running Mountain Streams,” and “Wandering in the Mountain Wilderness’’ — that exemplify McEncroe’s signature filmic quality, taking inspiration from nature’s sublimity. Drawing inspiration heavily from Deep in the Wilderness from McEncroe’s MY SYMPHONIC POEMS (Navona, 2018), the composition underwent a period of revision with collaborator Mark Saliba, growing from a piano reduction to a three-movement symphonic suite. McEncroe reflects upon past experiences and the tranquility of his Japanese garden and Koi pond, letting music tell his stories. The composer translates his connection with nature into his compositions and encourages listeners to look inward and establish a deeper and more personal connection to the music.
As a retired chef, McEncroe employs the ideals and skill sets learned in the food industry to his compositions. McEncroe lets nothing go to waste, and crafts compositions out of musical ingredients that may not work on their own, but blend together to make something unique and deeply personal. The composer values the listener’s individual interpretation of his musical recipes, and although the titles of the SYMPHONIC SUITE NO. 3 movements correlate with nature, McEncroe’s goal for his audience is to let them decipher the music in whichever way it speaks to them.