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Composer Alex Shapiro

Tight Squeeze

For Wind Band. Duration: 3:15

*a CSIC Commission



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This unique, high-energy work could be described by the following: imagine Arnold Schoenberg, Henry Mancini, and Charlie Parker walking into a dance club in Havana, and staying for three minutes. Tight Squeeze ventures into new territory as it explores chromaticism and syncopation against a prerecorded percussion groove. The result is the repertoire’s first electroacoustic twelve-tone techno Latin bebop band piece! Okay, maybe Schoenberg did all that first, but it never sounded quite like this!



Composer Omar Thomas

Prelude and Meditation

For Jazz Ensemble. Duration: 13:15

Prelude



Meditation



*a CSIC commission

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Buy this album from iTunes, “We Will Know $5.99.  Movement III, “Meditation” was developed out of a piece commissioned by Composers and Schools in Concert titled “Prelude and Meditation.” Lyrics from “Prelude and Meditation” have been redeveloped for “Meditation.”

A meditative Afro-Swing groove in 6, echoing the protest songs of Nina Simone and calling upon the intense vertigo of Coltrane’s extended religious-based pieces, while borrowing melodic structure and atmosphere from hymns and civil rights protest songs.

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Composer Steve Horowitz

MMMOG

For Chamber Ensemble, flexible instrumentation. Duration: 18:00.

In the video game world, many people play Massive Multiplayer On-line (MMO) Games. These are expansive worlds that encourage players to work together or compete with each other in virtual landscapes to achieve set goals. This piece, Massive Multiplayer Musical Organized Game (MMMOG) is an MMO. It encourages the performers to play together or work separately to achieve a singular and noble goal — a quest to make a satisfying piece of music.

*a CSIC commission 



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Composer Ryan Keebaugh

Prismatic Boundaries

For Wind Band Duration: 4:30 



*a CSIC commission

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It’s fall, and you awake in the cool, crisp, early morning to watch the sky become damp with highlighted colors of the dawning sun. This piece embodies the wonder of the first glimpse of daylight.

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Composer Christopher Caliendo

Spanish Fiesta 

For Concert Band. Duration: 9:28

*a CSIC commission



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The “Spanish Fiesta” for concert band is structured in simple ternary form. Its material pulls from Spanish, South American and American big band jazz traditions. It is South American in that the larger outer A sections feature the samba – the Brazilian dance with its roots in Brazil (Rio De Janeiro) and Africa. It is Spanish in the sense that it features a baritone sax solo over a repetitious malaguena rhythm. The traditional harmonic chord sequence also is typical of traditional Spanish dance.

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Composer Geoffrey Gordon

Four Preludes

For SATB, Strings and Piano. Duration: 7:00

*a CSIC commission



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The strings, keyboard and choir are in full partner in this piece inspired by the poem, “Preludes” by T.S. Eliot. The strings in particular execute a number of extended techniques—from sul ponticello and sul tasto, to Bartok pizzicato, natural and artificial harmonics to double and triple stops to thrown bows and expressive glissandi—in an effort to further underline this magnificent text. Over the course of seven minutes, “Four Preludes” attempts to capture the beauty and power of this poetry, from the dramatic opening measures to the quietly expressive conclusion. “An infinitely gentle, infinitely suffering thing…”

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Composer Martha Mooke

Short (S) Message (M) Service (S) Hidden (H) Signs (S)

For Voices, Winds, Brass, Percussion, Guitar, Keyboards and Strings.  Duration: 7:00

*a CSIC Commission



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Inspired by the receipt of a text message — from SMSHS (Special Music School High School) — this unique piece was written for a creative assembly of instrumentation, including keyboards, guitar players, singers and a smattering of orchestral instruments. Texting brings everyone together. 

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Composer Ruth Elaine Schram

Face of Courage

For SSA Accompanied. Duration: 4:00



*a CSIC commission

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Poetic, significant, and memorable, “Face of Courage” is a winsome and energizing piece for students and audiences alike. The storyline incorporates individual lines of text and a melodic motif that the students and composer created together.

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Composer Marcus Shelby

Shakespeare and the Blues: Twelfth Night Suite

For SSAA Accompanied. Duration: 7:00

*a CSIC commission

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This three suite piece is based on the text of three Shakespeare sonnets from the play “Twelfth Night”.  The 1st section (Sonnet 8) is a ballad. The 2nd section (Come Away Death) is a blues. The final section (Festes finale) is a gospel feel. 

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Composer Geoffrey Gordon

XIX After Gabrieli



*a CSIC commission

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Inspired by the renaissance style of Giovanni Gabrieli and the Gabrieli sonatas. 

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Composer Alex Shapiro

LIGHTS OUT

For Wind Band and Pre-Recorded Soundscape. Duration: 4:30

*a CSIC Commission





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The renowned composer of PAPER CUT and TIGHT SQUEEZE has created a love child from these two popular and unusual electroacoustic band works, and the result is LIGHTS OUT, an audience-wowing excursion into a new realm of opto-electro-acoustic wind band repertoire that incorporates visual and physical elements. The music engages without staging effects, but you’ll want to give your band the creative fun of devising a performance that will plunge the audience into darkness and surround them with glowing colors —  a very physical approach to bringing band music to life — and, to light!


 


Composer Nan Avant

Celtic Winds Suite

The Celtic Winds Suite is a musical journey through Ireland and Scotland, countries within the British Isles. I was fortunate to have visited this beautiful region in 2011 and was very inspired with their music, country and lore. The Suite begins with the Ballad of the British Isles, a lyrical piece with an air of Irish music, melodic tones and a lilting tempo that transitions into a minor key and returns to the first motif, finishing with a grand statement. Gaelic March is a full and sonorous march depicting the bravery of the Scottish heritage with rhthmic structure in 6/8 and distinctive melodies. The Celtic Winds Suite is clearly tonal with memorable themes.

*a CSIC commission 

. Performed by the 8th grade Olmsted Academy South wind band 2016 under the direction of Bradley Byrum.

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