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Airborne

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Alex Shapiro

Alex Shapiro


This is the first movement of the composer symphony Suspended.


General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 4:45
Difficulty: V+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Activist Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print or digital) - $200.00 | Score Only (print or digital) - $30.00br />


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
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
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal (2)
  • Tom-tom
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophones (2)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Suspended is an emotional journey, and the catharsis I felt throughout the eight months of writing it helped keep me sane amidst a world of dismal uncertainty. The piece is composed in the tradition of an 18th century Classical symphony: four contrasting movements which serve specific functions and reveal a story. The work begins in absolute rage and chaos, then alternates between moments of grief and bleakness. Grim reality shifts to a macabre, circus-like insanity, and by the end, flickers of genuine hope contrast a pervasive sense of dread, and finally arrive at more optimistic possibilities.

Airborne is the sole movement that's purely acoustic, with no accompaniment audio soundscape. It launches the symphony upward with a tightly motivic sonata form of short repeating passages, in an unrelenting, ever-swirling and disorienting wake-up call. Scream with me.

A piece of music should stand on its own, regardless of any message its composer may attach to it. Audiences don't read about music: they listen to it. But as Victor Hugo wrote, "Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent".

The arts have a powerful role in improving society by awakening consciousness through thought-provoking, emotional moments. If a piece of music can spark conversation among listeners, that is a meaningful impact, and a benefit in addition to that of the notes themselves.

- Program Note by composer


Media


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