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Rise is abstract in that there is no extra-musical imagery or narrative structure associated with the music. It is a lush adagio built upon a repeated cycle of chords ascending in stepwise motion. The music gradually gains upward momentum over this cyclical progression; reaching a powerful dramatic climax. The energy and momentum dissipate; returning the music to its opening contemplative quietness.Though Rise is not programmatic; the connotation of the title; and the corresponding nature of the music; implies a clear; unsentimental sense of optimism and hope.