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Sean O'Loughlin

Sean O'Loughlin

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer

Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Oboe (optional Oboe II)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes (optional)
  • Claves
  • Shakers
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This well-conceived, commissioned work conveys a mood of celebration and a sense of rhythmic energy throughout. A spirited introduction leads to an initial statement of the heroic melody by the trumpets. Upper woodwinds then play the soaring melody before the piece proceeds to a contrasting section with driving rhythms and occasional polychords. A minor groove section then adds an effective contrast before the heroic melody returns, A meter change to adds rhythmic intensity as the piece increases in tempo to a Presto section, bringing the composition to a rousing conclusion.

-Program Note from The Instrumentalist

Elation was commissioned by the Mu Delta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and the University Bands of Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, in celebration of the fifth anniversary of "The Joy of Middle School Band: Kids, Music, Teachers" A Fall Conference on Middle School Band Music.

The music is celebratory in nature with a contrasting minor groove section in the middle. The music is heroic in the opening with splashes of rhythmic energy to enhance the soaring quality of the line. Some polychords come into the mix, which opens the harmonic language a bit. The minor groove section follows. Rhythmic punctuations in the upper voices provide a nice complement to the driving groove in the lower voices. The melody turns into minor with some imitation between sections of the ensemble. As the music returns to its heroic roots, more rhythmic energy and a gradual accelerando bring the composition to a rousing conclusion.

-Program Notes from score


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class D


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  • The Instrumentalist, Vol. 69, No. 3 (October 2014), p. 34