for brass quintet and percussion(2008)
|Commission||The Meridian Arts Ensemble|
|Premiere||October 27, 2008 New York, NY, John C. Borden Auditorium, the Manhattan School of Music (USA) · Meridian Arts Ensemble|
In this work, I try to enact two imaginary rituals that are opposite in nature. One is peaceful and contemplative, like a sacred prayer. It builds on harmonies that ascend gradually in quarter-tone steps, hence the title Ascension. This central section is framed by a different kind of ritual that is full of wild energy and exuberance.