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Ascent (Shapiro)

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Alex Shapiro

Alex Shapiro

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Activist Music LLC
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
F Horn I-II
Trombone I-II
Tuba I-II
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone

Electronic sound effects


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ascent reflects the effort to get off the ground, literally or figuratively. It's a micro-overture that begins with the promise of upward transcendence, yet soon flies off into rogue disorganization. The raucous flock of many notes finally gathers into a united upward-headed murmuration, but the freedom of soaring into the sky brings an uneasy mystery before settling into the tranquil air of anticipation.

Ascent was commissioned by Jeffrey Boeckman and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, with the participation of 24 high school and college members of the consortium.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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