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The Ascension

by (b. 1963)

for six horns


Audio Sample:

basler-ascension.mp3 The Ascension

About the Work

The Ascension was written for Charles Snead and the University of Alabama Horn Choir, with great respect and admiration for their wonderful musicianship and friendship. Composed in the spring of 1990, the work went through a complete revision in January 1997. The piece is a sort of personal manifesto on matters spiritual as well as physical. Gestures leap upwards, rhythmic patterns undulate underneath (and above) melodic fragments, activity rushes by at a rapid pace, only to be transformed into a new level of motion — slower and more thoughtful. The whole work can be seen as a journey towards “enlightenment.”

About the Composer

Paul Basler (b. 1963, Milwaukee), 1993–94 Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Music at Kenyatta University (Nairobi, Kenya), 1995–96 University of Florida Teacher of the Year and the 2001–03 College of Fine Arts University of Florida Research Foundation Professor is Professor of Music at the University of Florida where he teaches horn and undergraduate composition courses and has been a member of the faculty since 1993.

Basler has performed as guest artist at numerous international music festivals and has been a member of the Brevard, Charleston, Valdosta, Greenville, Asheville, Tallahassee and Gainesville Symphonies. He has received several American Cultural Affairs Specialist Grants from the U.S. Department of State and has served as Visiting Professsor with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Culture and the National Conservatory of Music. One of the most performed composers of his generation, his music has been performed throughout the world and recent compositions have received performances at Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Spoleto Festival, Symphony Hall in Chicago, the Kennedy Center, the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House, the Aspen Music Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival and in China by the Shanghai Philharmonic. He received his BM degree magna cum laude from the Florida State University, MM, MA, and DMA degrees from Stony Brook University. Basler’s horn teachers have included William Purvis, William Capps and Barry Benjamin and his composition teachers have been John Boda, John Downey, Bülent Arel, John Lessard and Billy Jim Layton.