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James Mobberley

James Mobberley

General Info

Year: 1988 / 2010
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Cautious Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $305.00   |   Score Only (print) - $70.00


Full Score
Flute I-II (I doubling Piccolo / II doubling Alto Flute)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
C Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Stereo Electronic Tape
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Toms (5)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ascension was composed for Gary Hill and the UMKC Conservatory Wind Ensemble. It is dedicated to my college roommate Kenneth Wayne Hill, who was killed in action in the Persian Gulf in April, 1988, shortly before I was scheduled to begin this work. It is also lovingly dedicated to his family and to our mutual friends. Kenneth's volatile, hilarious, energetic, and complex personality formed the basis of my musical ideas, while my own emotional reactions to the news of his death and to the heroic and poignant events surrounding the last day of his life, which were released by the U.S. Marines only very slowly and ultimately in incomplete form, shaped the work's structure.

Kenneth's life was often marked by tremendous obstacles, but my lasting memory of him is one of a spirit impossible to keep down. I imagine his life and his death as one grand ascension.

- Program Note by compsoer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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