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Michael Shapiro

Michael Shapiro

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General Info

Year: 1887 / 2016
Duration: c. 5:05
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Organ
Publisher: Paumanok Press
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

I first heard the majestic sounds of the a great Wurlitzer organ, not in the shrouds of a great cathedral or under the magical fingers of Virgil Fox in concert, but rather at Radio City Music Hall, somewhere between the Rockettes and a feature film. Widorama! is my tribute to those grand Saturday matinees when the possibilities of sound and orchestration, first encountered in an Art Deco palace of Emerald City kitsch on Sixth Avenue between West 50th and 51st Streets, appeared infinite to a young boy.

Charles-Marie Widor’s (1844-1937) great Toccata from his Symphony No. 5 for organ composed in the 1880s in Paris would seem a most proper choice for this remembrance. Widorama! is an arrangement for concert band of the Widor's work.

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Dedicated to John Mauceri

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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (Michael Shapiro, conductor) – 11 March 2019
  • Dallas (Texas) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 12 January 2016 – *Premiere Performance*

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