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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.

 

 


score cover

 

Click here to listen to a recording!

 

 

 

 

If you'd like to follow along and see the cell passages that each musician randomly selected, and how they interweave, email Alex for a perusal score!

Perusal score, 8.5 x 12-single-sided.
 

Choose either the .mp3 stream or the high-resolution download.

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RECORDING OF PASSAGES
RECORDING OF PASSAGES

 


In August 2020, conductor Robert Ambrose called upon the kindness and generosity of the following musicians to record their parts for PASSAGES, heard in the recordings on this page. With gratitude, they are thanked here:



Flutes Pam Daniels and Elizabeth McGinness
Oboe Pam Holloway
Clarinets Melissa Lander and Reis McCullough
Horn Christy Klenke
Bassoon 1 Eddie Sanders
Bassoon 2 Dan Bowlds
Double Bass Yoshi Horiguchi
Marimba and Suspended Cymbal Matt Abraham




 

 

 

Click here to order the PDF set and audio tracks
from Activist Music for $45: ORDER PASSAGES

 

 

 

 

QUICK LINKS

 
 
 
 

 

PASSAGES instrumentation

Sunrise over the Salish Sea. Photo by Alex Shapiro.


 

RECORDINGS

 

Here's the streaming .mp3 of a full recording of PASSAGES.



STREAMING RECORDING of PASSAGES

 

Here's the high resolution download of a full recording of PASSAGES.



DOWNLOAD WAV RECORDING of PASSAGES

 

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



EXCERPT of PASSAGES TRACK

 

Here's one example of what the instruments listed above sound like without the track, for reference.



INSTRUMENTS-ONLY 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, 8.5 x 12-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. In addition to being able to choose what they play from the page, musicians are encouraged to download the entire parts set, so that they may opt to play their primary instrument, a secondary one, an improvised part, or a through-composed one! The music is especially well suited for musicians recording themselves during distance learning sessions, and even for soloists wishing to improvise.

 

There is no "conductor score." Instead, when working with a live ensemble, the conductor places the page with the melodic cells next to that with the through-composed bass line, and 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.

 

 

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE

 

Enjoy this video of Jordan Randall Smith conducting members of the Susquehanna University Symphony Orchestra in a performance of PASSAGES for a concert on November 17, 2020



(video is cued to the introduction of the piece; music begins at 28:44):


 

 

 

 

PASSAGES can also be played by a small ensemble or a soloist! Here's a video of a lovely April 2023 improvisatory performance by French hornist Connor Parr:

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEAR ALEX DESCRIBE PASSAGES!

 

The Association of Concert Bands (ACB) hosted a September 2020 webinar on adaptable music and the Creative Repertoire Initiative, moderated by conductor Gail Brechting. Alex and two of her CRI co-founder colleagues conductor Robert Ambrose and composer Frank Ticheli discuss individual adpatable pieces, as well as topics of licensing and copyright. Alex gives a thorough overview of PASSAGES starting at 15:03:

 

 

 


 

Watch an August 2020 NAfME webinar about the Creative Repertoire Initiative and adaptable pieces including PASSAGES, with Alex and fellow CRI co-founding composers Frank Ticheli, Jennifer Jolley, and Brian Balmages, moderated by composer Rob Deemer. Alex gives a thorough overview of PASSAGES starting at 19:23:

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEBHEARSALS

Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, 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 session and by the time it ends, is remarkable.

Alex can tell the ensemble 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. Get in touch with Alex-- her contact info is at the bottom of this page.

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

 

Skypehearsal

Alex was an early adopter of online "webhearsals"! Here's one from December 2012 with Alex in her studio on Washington's San Juan Island, and band director Mary Bauer and the Mt. Mansfield Union High School Band far across the continent in Vermont.

 

 

 

 

 

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, will be 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 (what's THAT?) at: (270) 916-0093, and she'll return your call.

 

Call Alex!

 

 

 

 


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