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Ascension, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert W. Smith

Robert W Smith


This work is the third movement of the composer's Symphony No. 1, The Divine Comedy.


General Info

Year: 1994
Duration: c. 6:07
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $87.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
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
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Conga
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone, Bowed
  • Water-Filled Crystal
  • Wind Chimes


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Ascension is the third of four movements of The Divine Comedy. The movement begins with Dante on the Mountain of Purgatory. Having been instructed and purified in Purgatory, he is prepared for his journey to Paradise. Beatrice, his guide, lifts her eyes toward the sun. Following her example, Dante looks to the sun and is at the moment transformed ("trans-humanized") in preparation for his great adventure. He is surprised to discover wonderful music, the music of the spheres, surrounding them. Swifter than thought, their flight of incredible speed begins. Dante and Beatrice, accompanied by sounds of wondrous beauty and intensity, ascent to the Sphere of Fire.

- Program Note by composer


Commissioned by the James Madison University Band, Harrisonburg, VA, Dr. J. Patrick Rooney, Director of Bands.

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Georgia: V
  • Kansas: IV
  • Minnesota: II
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • New York: Concert Band V
  • North Carolina: VI
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: V


Performances

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  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Green Concert Band (Jay C. Reese, conductor) – 2 February 2019
  • Whitman College (Walla Walla, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Gary Gemberling, conductor) – 11 November 2018
  • McPherson (Kan.) College Concert Band (Kyle Hopkins, conductor) – 20 November 2016
  • Ohlone Wind Orchestra (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 1 May 2016
  • Liberty Classic Community Band (Williamsport, Penn.) (Arnald Gabriel, conductor) – 18 October 2015
  • De Kunstvrienden Sint-Eloois-Winkel (Ledegem, Netherlands) (Dimitri Bracke, conductor) – 7 April 2013


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 549.
  • Smith, R. (1994). The Ascension: from The Divine Comedy [score]. Belwin Mills: Miami, Fla.