Passages (Shapiro)

From Wind Repertory Project
Alex Shapiro

Alex Shapiro

Subtitle: For Ultra-Flex Wind Ensemble and Pre-recorded Soundscape

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: II-1/2 - IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Activist Music through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print or digital) $45.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
C Treble Clef
B-flat Treble Clef
E-flat Treble Clef
F Treble Clef
C Bass Clef
B-flat Bass Clef
E-flat Bass Clef
Through-composed Bass Line in C, B-flat and E-flat

Pre-recorded soundscape


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

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. Additionally, the motivic structure provides an effective composition lesson for ensemble members.

- Program Note by composer

Performance Notes

Passages is an electroacoustic piece in which the ensemble plays along with a prerecorded track, with the goal of creating one seamless, sonic entity. The audio track and the ensemble should be at the same (loud!) volume level, so that the audience perceives them as one.

Passages is composed of a set of ten parts to be used by any musicians in any combination. Additionally, this piece is well suited for any solo player interested in improvising. When playing with a live ensemble, the conductor has the option of cueing the passages each musician performs. Extensive notes are found on the score.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro) Symphonic Band (Denny Hawkins, conductor) - 6 March 2021
  • Millersville (Penn.) University Wind Ensemble (Joe Cernuto, conductor) - 15 November 2020

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