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Adam Schoenberg

Adam Schoenberg

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 9:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Schoenberg Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Beginnings - 3:00
2. Farewell Song - 6:25


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Egg Shaker
  • Kick Drum
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Toms (4)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Rise is a two-movement work commissioned by the California Wind Band Consortium. I wanted to create a new piece that could be presented in three distinct ways: Both movements played back-to-back; standalone movements (Beginnings can be a concert opener or encore, and Farewell Song can be placed anywhere in a program); or having the movements bookend an entire program (i.e., the concert begins with Beginnings and closes with Farewell Song.)

Beginnings is designed to function as a long gradual crescendo. It begins with a rhythmic ostinato that becomes the driving force for the entire movement. As it progresses, the orchestration and overall intensity grows, ultimately creating an uplifting and optimistic ending.

Farewell Song is based on the final movement of my violin concerto, Orchard in Fog. This movement is meant to have a timeless feel, simultaneously serving as an atmospheric and pastoral-landscape type of sonic experience, while also being imagined as a goodbye song to a loved one.

A special thank you to John Burdett and Rickey Badua, who were not only instrumental in making the commission happen, but also provided me with invaluable guidance in creating a piece that would work for both high school and collegiate ensembles.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • California State University, Stanislaus, Wind Ensemble (Stuart Sims, conductor) – 12 March 2020
  • San Jose (Calif.) State University Wind Ensemble (David Vickerman, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 4 December 2019
  • California State University Bakersfield Concert Band (Leo Sakamoto, conductor) – 23 November 2019
  • California State University Fresno Wind Orchestra (Gary P. Gilroy, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • Cathedral City (Calif.) High School Symphony Band (Matthew K. Howe, conductor) - 22 May 2019
  • Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, Calif.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Andy Collinsworth, conductor) – 10 May 2019
  • Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (John Burdett, conductor) – 24 March 2019
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Wind Ensemble (Rickey Badua, conductor) – 13 March 2019 *Premiere Performance*

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