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Alex Shapiro

Alex Shapiro


Subtitle: For wind band and prerecorded audio.


General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Activist Music LLC, through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts – Available late spring 2022


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone

Audio accompaniment track with click, for conductor
Audio accompaniment track for performance
"and…perhaps some balloons."


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Pop Music celebrates dedicated band students who were unable to do something they love -- gather, rehearse, and perform -- for an extended period due to precautions against the Coronavirus pandemic. A circus-like atmosphere often accompanies the seriousness of our times, and a little clown-like silliness and, uh, balloonacy … may be good for a much-needed laugh after years of uncertainty in which the only constant has been the lack of constancy.

As for the title? It's an ironic nod to all our unmet expectations. This piece is neither pop music, nor does a single balloon explode. At least, not intentionally!

- Program Note by composer


Commissioned by the Glenbard North High School [Carol Stream, Ill.] Bands and Music Boosters, and the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation. Dedicated to the Band Senior Class of 2020, Lauren Whisnant, conductor.

- Program Note from score


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