A beautiful work in three movements. Duration: ca. 12 minutes. Composed at the suggestion of clarinetist Bronwen Jones. Each of the movements evokes a distinctive mood. With bio sketch and program note by the composer.
Composed in memory of the composer's father, Ivan Shapiro. With a touching, eloquent program note by Alex. Duration: ca. 8 minutes.
The Fifth House Ensemble plays music by Alex Shapiro, Jess Limbacher, Mason Bates, and Caleb Burhans.
Music for low flutes by composers such as Gary Schocker, Hilary Taggart, Jules Demerssemann, Ernesto Kohler, Alex Shapiro, and others. With Claire Cooper, piano.
Olson plays music by Jenni Brandon, Alex Shapiro, Dave Volpe, Damian Montano, Peter Jaffe, Bear McCreary, Joachim Horsley, and Daniel Kelly. Various artists.
Shapiro studied composition with Ursula Mamlok and John Corigliano. Her works are performed throughout the US and Europe.
In one movement. With program and biographical notes. This piece is adapted from Shapiro's The Ebb of Memory. Duration ca. 8 minutes.
Shapiro writes that this work "was composed as a response to the waves of the ocean. A long lyrical theme floats above a steady ostinato, perhaps as a lengthy branch of kelp might dance from the force of each coming tide". Includes short composer biography. Duration ca. 3 minutes.
This is an adaptation of Shapiro's "Of Breath and Touch" for bassoon and piano. The work is dedicated to Carolyn Beck. A single-movement work with a piano part influenced by Middle Eastern rhythms and a cello part which alternates lyric and rhythmic sections. Duration ca. 10 minutes.
In one movement. With program and biographical notes. A humorous and theatrical piece. Of advanced difficulty. Duration ca. 2 minutes.
Commissioned by Gerry Aster and J. Christopher Kennedy for Pacific Serenades. A three-movement meditation on the ocean's tides and waves. With program notes. Duration ca. 16 minutes.
This music programatically describes the flora and fauna of a desert landscape from the beginning of the day through a sudden storm and afterwards. Also available in a version for violin, sax and piano. With program and biographical notes. Duration ca. 10 minutes.
Commissioned by Carolyn Beck, and written for the performer's new contrabassoon. The score includes cues for some of the sounds on the CD. With program and biographical notes. Duration ca. 8 minutes.
Commissioned by the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, and recorded by the Los Angeles Flute Quartet. The score calls for several extended techniques. Of advanced difficulty. Duration ca. 12 minutes.
This three-movement work is composed for one percussionist on marimba and vibes, and another on various percussion. Dedicated to Teresa McCollough, the music reflects on the threatening and violent events of the time. With program, performance and biographical notes. Duration ca. 14 min.
Commissioned by St. Bede's Episcopal Church in Mar Vista, Calif. and premiered there in May 1999 in the context of the Anglican Evenson service for which it was composed. A modal suite of six short pieces. Total duration: ca. 17 minutes.
Composed as a set of personal reflections exploring early years, difficulties in the relationships between parents and children, the resolutions of complex emotions. In five movements. Duration: ca. 12 minutes.
A modern yet highly lyrical piece that "explores linear musical emotion." The composer explores many of the extended techniques available to the instrument. With program note by the composer. Dedicated to Chelsea Czuchra. Duration: ca. 4 minutes.
Composed in 1997, later revised (the first movement only) in 1999. In three movements: Moderato, Lento/Andante, Scherzo. Duration: ca. 16 minutes. The LA based composer was born and raised in New York City where she studied with Ursula Mamlok and John Corigliano. Her works are often played.
Composed for Carolyn Beck, who commissioned the work. With a beautiful dedication by the composer. Duration: ca. 9 minutes.
The piece references the driving rhythms of middle eaastern music with its hypnotic piano part, while the double bass writing explores the full range and timbre of the instrument. A passionate and exciting one movement work. With program note by the composer. Duration: ca. 10 minutes.
A playfull, offbeat piece, that will provide a nice contrast to any organ recital. Commissioned by and dedicated to Frances Nobert. With a witty program note by the composer. Duration: ca. 4 minutes.
Accompanying CD included. With program note by the composer and note for radio broadcast. Duration: ca. 7 minutes.
With program notes by the composer. Duration: ca. 7 minutes.