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Kathryn Salfelder

Kathryn Salfelder

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 4:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Kon Brio
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $155.00; (digital) - $85.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Slapstick
  • Tam-Tam, large
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Apotheosis is deeply personal and emotional, perhaps more so than a program note can endure. Musically, the piece continues a recent trend in my music: embracing and incorporating quotations of Renaissance works. Here, I interweave highly camouflaged fragments of Johannes Ockeghem’s Missa Mi-Mi and Ut hermita solus with my own frenetic and thunderous gestures. Programmatically, the descriptions in the music (in chronological order: “Thunderous” - “Pounding on the Gates of Hell” - “Regrouping for a Second Attempt” - “Pounding Again – On Fire!” - “Pleading at the Gates of Hell”) tell a narrative of desperately beseeching for the return of something or someone lost, not unlike the Orfeo story.

But this programmatic story is allegorical; the piece is not about Biblical Hell, nor is the title, Apotheosis, about literal ascension to deity. It is rather about a type of internal hell of repeatedly trying to fight and obliterate parts of oneself deemed undesirable, in efforts to try to reconcile one’s own sense of self with the world’s expectations. The apotheosis is the joy, beauty, and peace that come with being true to what is, rather than whoever one thinks one ought to be, finding the calm to listen, the strength to believe, and the courage to be.

Apotheosis is commissioned by the Theta Mu Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma for the UNK Wind Ensemble, celebrating the 25th anniversary of chapter installation of Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

- Program Note from score

When I reflect on Betty Friedan’s words, I recognize how many times I, despite all the freedoms and privileges afforded my generation in comparison to my mother’s generation, have felt like something was wrong with me for wanting more than a “traditional life” for myself. Kate Salfelder captures this feeling in Apotheosis.

- Program Note by Courtney Snyder for University of Michigan Concert Band concert program, 8 December 2021


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 8 December 2021
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Brunner, conductor) – 23 February 2020
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Frederick Harris, Jr., conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • University of Nebraska Kearney Wind Ensemble (Duane Bierman, conductor) – 1 December 2018 *Premiere Performance*

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