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Ol' Mississippi Sings the Blues

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Michael Shapiro

Michael Shapiro

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General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts – Unknown


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Program Notes

When I visited Memphis a few years ago to work with Albert Nguyen at the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble in their wonderful performance of my Frankenstein – The Movie, during my down time I sought out Blind Mississippi Morris, a legendary blues singer who I understood sang regularly on Beale Street. I had heard his singing on the Internet and, fan of Memphis Blues that I am, had to hear him live. I wasn’t disappointed. Munching of BBQ ribs and sipping on beer, I listened to this remarkable artist at the Blue City Café on Beale. In street parlance I was “sent,” music straight from the Delta flowing through Morris. Could not help tapping my feet and smiling while he sang and played his mighty harmonica, which all inspired me to write this piece for band.

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State Ratings

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  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David T. Kehler, conductor) – 11 March 2019 *Premiere Performance*

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