From Wind Repertory Project
Alex Shapiro

Alex Shapiro

General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 8:15
Difficulty: V+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Activist Media LLC, through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts – Available spring 2022


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Crotales
  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

One of the best things about being a composer in the 21st century is that there are no stylistic limitations on how we can express ourselves. The freedom to be unconcerned with fitting into any prescribed expectations of others is a gift, and one that's amplified with age and perspective. I happened to complete my 60th solar rotation as I composed this music, and when the piece unexpectedly veered from my intentions stated in its pastoral opening to something with a different kind of energy, I viewed that as a positive metaphor for life, for creativity, and for the joy of becoming old enough to blithely follow one's instincts.

On the opposite end of this emotional spectrum, it was just as I reached the final exuberant phrases of Free that Russia launched its brutal, unconscionable war against the Ukrainian people. Writing such sanguine music to this hideous backdrop intensified my horror for the many victims whose lives only days before were not unlike mine: free. This piece is not a reflection on Ukraine, nor is it about cruelty. However, none of us exists in a bubble, and events in one part of our planet affect everyone, particularly when suffering is involved. May calm and freedom return to all.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by The University of Wisconsin-River Falls for its 2022 Commissioned Composer Project and the UWRF Symphony Band, Dr. Kristin Tjornehoj, conductor. With special thanks to Dr. Patti Cudd.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Toronto (Ont., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Gillian MacKay, conductor) - 3 February 2024
  • Capital University (Bexley, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (John Climer, conductor) - 25 February 2023
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls Symphony Band (Kristin Tjornehoj, conductor) – 21 April 2022 *Premiere Performance*

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