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PASSAGES

For ultra-flex wind band or orchestra, and prerecorded track.

Dedicated to Robert Ambrose.


Composed by Alex Shapiro.

2020; Duration 3:00.
Published by Activist Music LLC (ASCAP).

Grade 2.5, 3, and 4.

 

 


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PASSAGES instrumentation

 

Sunrise over the Salish Sea. Photo by Alex Shapiro.

 

 

A RECORDING-COMING SOON!

 

Here's a streaming excerpt from the accompaniment track, for reference.



RECORDING of PASSAGES

 

 

 

THE PERUSAL PART SET
(email Alex for code access)

PERUSAL ONLY; not for performance or duplication.

 

.pdf file of the parts set,

8 1/2 x 11; 22 pages.


Perusal score, 11 x 17-single-sided.

 

 

Sunset over the San Juan Channel. Photo by Alex Shapiro.

 

 

THE PROGRAM NOTE & BIO

 

In a world in constant flux, PASSAGES offers a calming, centering, meditative, and encouraging outlook. It's a cellular work composed for any number of any instruments, with each phrase sounding beautiful whether stacked or exposed, and played with any of the chords in the track. It's never quite the same piece twice, because musicians make random choices from a selection of melodies and rhythms of varying difficulty. The music is especially well suited for musicians recording themselves during distance learning sessions, and even for soloists wishing to improvise. When playing with a live ensemble, the conductor has the option of cueing the passages each musician performs. Additionally, the motivic structure provides an effective composition lesson for ensemble members.

 

PROGRAM BIO for Alex Shapiro Photo and bio

Alex Shapiro bio and photos

 

 


A fishing boat makes its way into the sunrise, across the Salish Sea. Photo by Alex Shapiro.

 

 

WEBHEARSALS

 

Skype, Zoom, etc. are wonderful tools for affordably bringing Alex into your rehearsal, without having to book a plane flight! She has a great time coaching students, and the difference between their musicianship at the beginning of the rehearsal and by the time it ends, is remarkable.

Alex can tell the band about how the piece was created and engage them in conversation, and even show them how her digital project studio works! It's also easy to arrange to have her say hello to the audience during a concert, via a custom video. Webhearsals connect musicians to the real person-- and the stories-- behind the notes on the music stands.

The best way to reach Alex Shapiro is through email,
by clicking here 
email Alex

You can also leave a voice message or a fax at:
(270) 916-0093.

To see some examples of webhearsals, and the view Alex loves to share from her desk, click here.

Skypehearsal
A December 2012 Skypehearsal with Alex in her studio on San Juan Island, and band director Mary Bauer and Mt. Mansfield Union High School in Vermont, rehearsing PAPER CUT.

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL READING

WASBE World
WASBE World

 

Alex has written an extensive two-part article about electroacoustic band music and the uses of multimedia in the concert world. The essay, titled The e-Frontier: Music, Multimedia, Education, and Audiences in the Digital World echoes multimedia presentations she has given at The 2013 Midwest Clinic, the 2014 TMEA convention, and countless other seminars. It appears in the June and September 2014 issues of the magazine of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, WASBE World, and the .pdf is offered here with the very kind permission of the organization.

Click here for the full .pdf file readThe e-Frontier


 

Teaching Music Through Performance

 

Alex's unique electroacoustic wind band pieces for high school musicians, TIGHT SQUEEZE, and PAPER CUT, are featured in the field's best known book/CD series, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Volume 10, edited by Eugene Migliaro Corporon and released by GIA Publications December 2014.

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL MUSIC

Alexwith some of her music at the Hal Leonard rack at the Midwest Clinic, 2014.

Alex loves writing for band! You can listen to any of her other pieces by clicking here Alex's wind band catalog

 

 

 

THE CONTACT INFO

The VERY best way to reach Alex is through email, by clicking here Email Alex!

Email Alex!

You can also leave a voice message or a fax at:
(270) 916-0093, and she'll return your call.

Call Alex!

 

 


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