TRANSCENSION - I Have Been to the Mountaintop

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TRANSCENSION - I Have Been to the Mountaintop

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Scoring & Instrumentation
Mixed Octet
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass
Alternate Title
I HAVE BEEN TO THE MOUNTAINTOP
Year Authored (or revised)
Duration (min)
10
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Composer's Note:

TRANSCENSION (“I have been to the mountaintop”), a mixed octet in two movements, is scored for flute, oboe, clarinet and string quintet. It was commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and was premiered in January 1986 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden by the Brooklyn Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.

The title is a portmanteau of the words “transcendence” and “ascension.” The composition is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was written in recognition of the first national holiday celebration of his birthday.

The first movement, Lento, is slow and contemplative, illustrating the reflective struggle of Dr. King’s commitment to humanitarian causes. Strains of “True believer” (from the spiritual “Sometimes I feel like a motherless child”) can be heard throughout. The second movement, Allegro, is agitated, depicting the fierceness of Dr. King’s resolve against forces that opposed him, and the triumph of his spirit that has kept his “dream” alive. --- Dorothy Rudd Moore

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Dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

New engraved edition, 2021.

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Text Language - Non English

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Ensemble Type
octet
mixed instrumental ens 6 to 15 players
chamber orchestra
Genre/Theme
Instrument
flute , oboe , clarinet , strings

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