Taylor, Noah. D.

Item Code:
C. Alan Publications

for Symphonic Band

Ascendant is an exciting work for concert band scored in a cinematic style. The piece is marked by soaring melodies and rich textures that truly showcase the power of a concert band.

Program Notes

Ascendant was commissioned by the Bowling Green State University Band Alumni Society to honor Dr. Carol Hayward at the time of her retirement from teaching. Dr. Hayward is one of the most influential people in my life. She has been a wonderful teacher and mentor, a supporter of my music for my whole career, and most importantly my friend.

Dr. Hayward was my high school band and orchestra director and one of the first people who helped to promote my early compositions. She introduced me to the some of the great works for concert band and fostered my passion for film music. It was because of her influence that I decided to study music composition at Capital University, her Alma Mater. After Capital University, I was very fortunate to study with her again, as she became the band director at Bowling Green State University where I earned my Master of Music in Composition. In 2006 Dr. Hayward and her Concert Band premiered my thesis work, The Glass Prison.

I could not have been more delighted and honored when I received the invitation to compose a work for Dr. Hayward and celebrate her many years of teaching. Knowing her love of film music and exiting concert works I set out to write an uplifting piece marked with powerful and memorable melodies. Ascendant is exhilarating work meant to inspire listeners to want to flourish, prosper and to rise. Dr. Hayward has always been an inspirational person so I wanted to capture that feeling in this work.


Grade Level: 5
Copyright: 2021
Number of Players: Standard
Duration: 5:00

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Sample PDF

  • Ascendant.pdf
  • Instrumentation

    Flute 1
    Flute 2
    Oboe 1
    Oboe 2
    E-flat Clarinet
    B-flat Clarinet 1
    B-flat Clarinet 2
    B-flat Clarinet 3
    Bass Clarinet
    Bassoon 1
    Bassoon 2
    Alto Saxophone 1
    Alto Saxophone 2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    B-flat Trumpet 1
    B-flat Trumpet 2
    B-flat Trumpet 3
    F Horn 1
    F Horn 2
    F Horn 3
    F Horn 4
    Trombone 1
    Trombone 2
    Bass Trombone
    Euphonium 1
    Euphonium 2
    B-flat Baritone T.C. 1
    B-flat Baritone T.C. 2
    Double Bass

    Timpani (4 drums)
    Percussion 1: Crotales [2-oct.], Bells
    Percussion 2: Vibraphone, Marimba [4.5-oct.], Chimes
    Percussion 3: Bell Tree, Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbals
    Percussion 4 [2 players]: Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Tam-Tam, Mark Tree