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Roger Zare

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General Info

Year: 2007 / 2015
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $165.00; (digital) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
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-III
String Bass
Percussion (5 players)

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Lift-Off is a very quick and energetic piece, not quite three minutes long. It was written when NASA was returning the Space Shuttle to flight in 2005 and is a celebration of human space exploration. There are very few delicate moments in this piece, and I concentrate more on large gestures and thick orchestration. Highly pointed rhythmic sections give way to richly harmonized melodic sections, with an almost constant rushing of 16th notes throughout the entire piece. It is a thrilling ride for both the performers and the audience.

Lift-Off was commissioned by Andrew Lane and the Sarasota Orchestra Symphony Association. It was premiered by the Sarasota Orchestra Youth Philharmonic sitting side by side with the professional musicians on November 13, 2006. There is also a transcription for wind ensemble, and it was premiered by H Robert Reynolds and the University of Southern California Thornton Wind Ensemble on October 21, 2007.

- Program Note by composer


  • Third Annual Frank Ticheli Composition Competition (category 2), first prize.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) Dorian All-Band Reunion Band (Cory Near, conductor) - 2 July 2023
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) University Band (Hannah Rudy, conductor) - 29 April 2023
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Louis Vajda, conductor) - 28 February 2023
  • The Whitworth University (Spokane, Wash.) Wind Symphony (Richard Strauch, conductor) - 20 November 2021
  • Wayne State College (Norfolk, Neb.) Wind Ensemble (David Bohnert, conductor) - 23 February 2021
  • John Marshall High School (Rochester, Minn.) Symphonic Winds (Jon Soderberg-Chase, conductor) – 7 March 2020
  • California State University, Los Angeles Wind Ensemble (Emily Moss, conductor) – 2 December 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 22 November 2019
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band (Jonathan Caldwell, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Arau, conductor) – 19 October 2019
  • Indiana State University (Terre Haute) Wind Symphony (Nikk Pilato, conductor) - 17 October 2019
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Ryan Scherber, conductor) – 11 October 2019
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Symphonic Band (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 7 October 2019
  • Triangle Wind Ensemble (Cary, N.C.) (Evan Feldman, conductor) – 13 April 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 5 December 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Band (Doug Morin, conductor) – 16 November 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 18 September 2018
  • William Mason High School (Mason, Ohio) Wind Symphony (Micah Ewing, conductor) - 15 December 2016 (2016 Midwest Clinic)
  • New York Wind Symphony (Richard F. Regan, conductor) – 19 December 2015

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