for Concert Band
(see perusal score below for instrumentation)
Duration: ca. 7:30
I began composing Rise in early 2020 at the request of Dr. Jonathan Poquette, Director of Bands at Elon University in North Carolina. As part of this project, we wanted to involve his students in the overall ideas and theme of the work. We shared a survey asking students what they would prefer to see in the piece.
At almost the exact same time, the world was beginning to witness the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had a significant impact on the students' responses. As we read through their feedback, we noticed a number of references by the ensemble members to the school's mascot, the Phoenix. The students began mentioning that it might be important to have a piece that would be about all of us "rising" from the challenges facing us and in the process becoming a new and better version of ourselves.
Perhaps Rise does not tell the literal story of a Phoenix rising from the ashes, but this idea was certainly the inspiration for the piece. Moments of turmoil, doubt, hope, joy, and victory are all present throughout the work, sometimes at the same time. When the opening theme re-emerges in the second half of the piece, it is a stronger version of itself on the other side.
NOTE FOR POTENTITAL PERFORMING ENSEMBLES:
The COVID-19 Pandemic has (shocker!) made things very complicated.
As a result, I have granted Elon University the full rights to premiere this work until the end of the Fall Semester 2021. If you purchase this work, you will receive your score to begin studying right away. However, you will not receive the individual parts until after the commissioning ensemble has announced the premiere date. This date will be released in August of 2021 at which time any ensemble wishing to perform the work with a concert date after the premiere (likely to be November of 2021) may do so. Thank you for your patience!
Score and PDF Parts: $85
Parts will be engraved with the purchaser's information on the bottom left of the pages
Score and Physical Parts: $145
Parts will be printed on single-sided 8.5 x 11, 28 lb paper
(not for performance use)
PDF Score and PDF Parts: $145
Score and Parts will be engraved with the purchaser's information on the bottom of the pages
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