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And the swallow

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Caroline Shaw

Caroline Shaw (trans. Danielle Fisher)

N.B. The title of this work is correctly written in lower case: and the swallow.

General Info

Year: 2017 / 2021
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: SSAATTBB Choir
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $100.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Clarinet I-II
E-Flat Alto Saxophone
F Horn I-II
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The text for this work comes from Psalm 84. The work was first performed on November 11, 2017, by the Netherlands Chamber Choir.

- Program Note by composer

Originally a choral work, Shaw composed and the swallow for the Netherlands Chamber Choir in 2017. In reflecting on the Syrian refugee crisis, Shaw was struck by the text “how beloved is your dwelling place” from Psalm 84. The result was a lovely work of comfort that moves seamlessly from sections of anxiety and those of repose.

The wind ensemble version was transcribed by composer Danielle Fisher for Tyler Austin and the Maryland Chamber Winds.

- Program Note from Shenandoah Conservatory Wind Ensemble concert program, 7 May 2022


Audio: Reference Recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • United States Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.) Band (Daniel Toven, conductor) - 28 January 2023
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (Ryan Kelly, conductor) – 16 November 2022
  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Ensemble (Erik Kar Jun Leung, conductor) - 17 May 2022
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Robblee, conductor) - 7 May 2022

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