Ascend (Hazo)

From Wind Repertory Project
Samuel Hazo

Samuel Hazo

Subtitle: Movement III of Georgian Suite

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: MusicWorks through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto 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
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum


In Parts:

  • Mallet Percussion, m.19: The F should be marked as chimes instead of bells
  • Mallet Percussion, m.75: The B-flat on beat 1 should apply to only the bells and the F on beat 1 should only apply to the chimes (F stem should go down and be disconnected from the B-flat stem)

Program Notes

It was a true honor to compose a piece for such a gifted teacher with such gifted students, at a school with a rich history of commissioning projects. Such a history is very rare at the middle school level. This work followed Erin Cole’s commissioning of A Shaker Gift Song by composer Frank Ticheli. It marked the second time in one year that I immediately followed Frank Ticheli in a commissioning series, and this is not an enviable place to be! Ascend was written to be closer to Tapp’s 2004 Midwest Clinic performance. Erin had previously heard a composition of mine entitled Ride and had asked if Tapp’s piece could be of that energy level, only written for middle level students. It was a privilege for me to oblige, and I even disguised some of Ride’s chordal themes in sections of Ascend.

I incorporated the use of parallel major and minor keys, as well as themes in the mixolydian mode, to give this composition its sense of adventure. Combining the triumphant qualities of a major key with the instant drama of a minor key can give a piece intensity through its harmonic contrast. Mixed meters and syncopations give the themes a unique edge, while keeping them simple enough to the ear to be sung. A brief three-part fugue introduced as the “C” section returns in the end, woven with a trumpet, sax and horn syncopated ostinato.

It was my goal for Ascend to have many musical teaching opportunities for the classroom, while still providing the audience with enough energy and thematic substance to keep their interest. I truly hope Ascend is enjoyable for the conductor, the musicians, and the listener.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Minnesota: Category 3
  • North Carolina: IV
  • West Virginia: III
  • Wisconsin:: Class B


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  • Hazo, S. (2006). Ascend [score]. Hal Leonard Corp.: Milwaukee, Wisc.