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Alex Shapiro

Alex at work in her studio while in residence at The MacDowell Colony, coffee and binoculars close at hand.

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Bald eagle
Solo Piano  
Sonata for Piano
(1999; 16')
Intermezzo for Piano
(1998; 3')
Piano Suite No. 1:
The Resonance of Childhood

(1996; 12')
For My Father
(1996; 5')
Slowly, searching
(2009; 6')
Luvina
(2007; 5')
Vendaval de Luvina
(with audio track; 2010; 6')
Spark
(2011; 7')
Chord History
(2014; 2')
Arcana
(2015; 25')
  Solo Piano Collection
(2012; Eight works)
Bald eagle
Solo Percussion  
Kettle Brew
(2013; timpani, percussion; 8')
 
Sunset over the San Juans
Solo Guitar and Electric Guitar    
  Below
(with audio track; 2010; 10')
Solo Violin and Electric Violin    
  Desert Waves
(with audio track;
2001; 10')
Journey
(with audio track;
1999; 7')
  Vista
(with audio track; 2005; 8')
Solo Electric Viola    
  Evolve
(with audio track;
2006; 8')
Desert Waves
(with audio track;
2001; 10')
Solo Electric Cello    
  Deep
(with audio track; 2004; 8')
1 goose
Solo Flute    
  Shiny Kiss
(C Flute or Alto Flute;
1999; 4')
Below
(contrabass flute with audio track;
2008; 10')
Solo Clarinet    
  Water Crossing
(with audio track; 2002; 10')
Solo Bass Clarinet    
  Below
(with audio track; 2010; 10')
Solo Contrabass Clarinet    
  Deep
(with audio track; 2004; 8')
Solo Contrabassoon    
  Deep
(with audio track; 2004; 8')
Solo Sax    
  Desert Tide
(with audio track; 2005; 10')
kelp
Solo French horn    
  Deep
(with audio track; 2004; 8')
Solo Tuba    
  Deep
(with audio track; 2004; 8')
Mount Baker
Harpsichord  
Transplanted
(viola and harpsichord; 2012; 3')
Three Insanities
(viola and harpsichord; 2013; 7')
Slipping
(violin, harpsichord and percussion; 2006; 9')
Slip
(violin and harpsichord; 2001; 9')
Brat
(viola and harpsichord; 2013; 2')
Fleas
(viola and harpsichord; 2013; 2')
   
lavender
Harp  
Intermezzo for Flute and Harp
(2008; 4')
Intermezzo for Clarinet and Harp
(1998; 4')
Intermezzo for Bass Flute and Harp
(2010; 4')
Intermezzo for Violin and Harp
(2008; 4')
   
The San Juan Islands
Organ  
Transplant
(1999; 4')
 
   
2 foxes
Duets
Slip
(violin and harpsichord; 2001; 9')
Music for Two Big Instruments
(tuba and piano; 2000; 7')
Slippery
(flute and guitar; 2015; 9')
Water Voyage
(clarinet duet with audio track; 2007; 8')
Of String and Touch
(viola and piano; 2006; 10')
Re:pair
(flute duet; 2000; 7')
Of Wood and Touch
(cello and piano; 2001; 10')
Re:pair
(flute and oboe; 2001; 7')
Of Bow and Touch
(double bass and piano; 2000; 10')
Re:pair
(flute and english horn; 2014; 7')
Of Air and Touch
(oboe and piano; 2001; 10')
Re:pair
(flute and bassoon; 2001; 7')
Of Breath and Touch
(bassoon and piano; 1999; 10')
Re:pair
(oboe and english horn; 2014; 7')
Of Wind and Touch
(baritone saxophone and piano; 2006; 10')
Re:pair
(clarinet and bassoon; 2008; 7')
Of Song and Touch
(euphonium and piano; 2011; 10')
Re:pair
(bassoon duet; 2001; 7')
Three Insanities
(viola and harpsichord; 2013; 7')
Intermezzo for Flute and Harp
(2008; 4')
Transplanted
(viola and harpsichord; 2012; 4')
Intermezzo for Bass Flute and Piano
(2010; 4')
Fleas
(viola and harpsichord; 2013; 2')
Intermezzo for Bass Flute and Harp
(2010; 4')
Brat
(viola and harpsichord; 2013; 2')
Intermezzo for Clarinet and Piano
(1998; 4')
Brat
(oboe and piano; 2013; 2')
Intermezzo for Clarinet and Harp
(1998; 4')
Brat
(alto sax and piano; 2013; 2')
Intermezzo for Violin and Harp
(2008; 4')
Brat
(clarinet and piano; 2013; 2')
Intermezzo for Cello and Piano
(2011; 4')
   
3 sheep
Trios
Desert Notes
(oboe, bassoon and piano; 2001; 10')
Piano Trio No. 1: Elegy
(violin, cello and piano; 1999; 8')
Desert Passage
(violin, cello and piano; 2001; 10')
Elegy
(trumpet, cello and piano; 2004; 8')
Desert Passage
(violin, tenor saxophone and piano;
2001; 10')

Trio for Clarinet, Violin & Piano
(1998; 12')

Desert Run
(oboe, clarinet and piano; 2007; 10')
Slipping
(violin, harpsichord and percussion; 2006; 9')
Desert Thoughts
(flute, clarinet and piano; 2008; 10')
At the Abyss
(piano, marimba, vibraphone and percussion;

2003; 14')
Flea Circus
(recording only: clarinet, violin and piano; 2008; 1')
Elegiac
(clarinet, cello and piano; 2010; 8')
   
4 orca whales
Quartets
Introspect
(string quartet; 2000; 7')
Evensong Suite
(flute, clarinet, bassoon and piano; 1999; 17')
Music for Four Big Instruments
(tuba, piano, double bass, drum set;
2006; 7')
Bioplasm
(flute quartet: 2 bass fls, 2 alto fls, 2 C fls, 1 piccolo; 
2004; 12')
Unabashedly
(flute/piccolo, violin, cello and piano;
2006; 14')
Plasma
(flute quartet: 2 bass fl, 2 alto fl, 2 C fl, 1 picc.; 
2004; 1')
Five Squared
(string quartet; 2008; 4')
Phos Hilaron
(flute, clarinet, bassoon and piano; 1999; 3')
   
5 flowers
Quintets
Current Events
(string quintet: 2 vlns, 2 vlas, 1 vc; 2003; 16')
 
   
ducks
Sextets
Unabashedly More
(flute/piccolo, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano; 2010; 11')
Unabashedly Said
(flute/piccolo, clarinet, French horn, violin, cello and piano; 2011; 11')
Perpetual Spark
(flute/piccolo, violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano; 2011; 7')
 
   
ducks
Large Chamber Ensemble
Archipelago
(string quartet, double bass, woodwind quintet, piano; 2009, revised 2013; 10')
Remembrance
(string orchestra;
2013; 8')
Bioplasm
(flute choir; 2011; 12')
Even Deeper
(double reed choir with audio track; 2014; 8')
   
lavender
Orchestra
Remembrance
(string orchestra;
2013; 8')
Archipelago
(chamber orchestra; 2013; 10' )
   
baby spiders
Strings
Of Wood and Touch
(cello and piano; 2001; 10')
Current Events
(string quintet: 2 vlns, 2 vlas, 1 vc; 2003; 16')
Desert Waves
(5-string electric violin and audio track; 2001; 10')
Introspect
(string quartet;
2000; 7')
Slip
(violin and harpsichord; 2001; 9')
Of Bow and Touch
(double bass and piano; 2000; 10')
Trio for Clarinet, Violin & Piano
(1998; 12')
Piano Trio No. 1: Elegy
(violin, cello and piano; 1999; 8')
Desert Passage
(violin, cello and piano; 2001; 10';
Journey
(5-string electric violin and audio track; 1999; 7')
Desert Passage
(violin, tenor saxophone and piano; 2001; 10';
Elegy
(trumpet, cello and piano; 2004; 8')
Vista
(violin and audio track; 2005; 8')
Of String and Touch
(viola and piano; 2006; 10')
Music for Four Big Instruments
(tuba, piano, double bass, drum set; 2006; 7')
Unabashedly
(flute/piccolo, violin, cello and piano; 2006; 14')
Evolve
(electric viola and audio track; 2006; 8')
Slipping
(violin, harpsichord and percussion; 2006; 9')
Perpetual Spark
(flute/piccolo, violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano; 2011; 7')
Five Squared
(string quartet;
2008; 4')
Archipelago
(string quartet, double bass, woodwind quintet, piano; 2009, revised 2013; 10')
Elegiac
(clarinet, cello and piano;
2010; 8')
Unabashedly More
(flute/piccolo, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano; 2010; 11')
Unabashedly Said
(flute/piccolo, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano; 2010; 11')
Transplanted
(viola and harpsichord;
2012; 4')
Remembrance
(string orchestra;
2013; 8')
Fleas
(viola and harpsichord; 2013; 2')
Three Insanities
(viola and harpsichord; 2013; 7')
Brat
(viola and harpsichord; 2013; 2')
Slippery
(flute and guitar; 2015; 9')
   
pacific madrona trees
Woodwinds
Shiny Kiss
(C Flute or Alto Flute; 1999; 4')
Bioplasm
(flute quartet: 2 bass fls, 2 alto fls, 2 C fls, 1 piccolo;  2004; 12')
Re:pair
(flute and oboe; 2001; 7')
Bioplasm, for flute choir
(flute choir; 2011; 12')
Re:pair
(flute and bassoon; 2001; 7')
Deep
(contrabassoon with audio track; 2004; 8')
Re:pair
(flute and english horn; 2014; 7")
Intermezzo for Flute and Harp
(2008; 4')
Re:pair
(oboe and english horn; 2014; 7")
Intermezzo for Bass Flute and Piano
(2010; 4')
Re:pair
(clarinet and bassoon; 2008; 7')
Intermezzo for Bass Flute and Harp
(2010; 4')
Re:pair
(flute duet; 2000; 7')
Intermezzo for Clarinet and Piano
(1998; 4')
Re:pair
(bassoon duet; 2001; 7')
Intermezzo for Clarinet and Harp
(1998; 4')
Re:pair for Two Baroque Flutes
(flute duet; 2000; 7')
Plasma
(flute quartet, recording only; 2 bass fl, 2 alto fl, 2 C fl, 1 picc.; 2004; 1')
Desert Notes
(oboe, bassoon and piano; 2001; 10')
Water Crossing
(clarinet with audio track; 2002; 10')
Desert Tide
(soprano saxophone with audio track;
2005; 10')
Water Voyage
(clarinet duet with audio track;
2007; 8')
Desert Passage
(violin, tenor saxophone and piano; 2001; 10')
Of Wind and Touch
(baritone saxophone and piano; 2006; 10')
Desert Run
(oboe, clarinet and piano; 2007; 10')
Of Breath and Touch
(bassoon and piano; 1999; 10')
Desert Thoughts
(flute, clarinet and piano; 2008; 10')
Of Air and Touch
(oboe and piano; 2001; 10')
Unabashedly
(flute/piccolo, violin, cello and piano;
2006; 14')
Archipelago
(string quartet, double bass, woodwind quintet, piano; 2009, revised 2013; 10')
Unabashedly Said
(flute/piccolo, clarinet, french horn, violin, cello and piano; 2010; 11')

Below
(contrabass flute with audio track;
2008; 10')
Unabashedly More
(flute/piccolo, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano; 2010; 11')
Evensong Suite
(flute, clarinet, bassoon and piano;
1999; 17')
Elegiac
(clarinet, cello and piano; 2010; 8')
Brat
(oboe and piano; 2013; 2')
Perpetual Spark
(flute/piccolo, violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano; 2011; 7')
Brat
(alto sax and piano; 2013; 2')
Trio for Clarinet, Violin & Piano
(1998; 12')
Brat
(clarinet and piano; 2013; 2')
Even Deeper
(double reed choir with audio track; orchestra;
2014; 8')
Slippery
(flute and guitar; 2015; 9')
Turn Island
Works with flute
Shiny Kiss (solo C or alto fl) Desert Thoughts (fl, cl., pno)
Re:pair (fl, ob) Bioplasm (fl quartet)
Re:pair(fl, eng hn) Bioplasm, for flute choir
Re:pair(fl, bn) Evensong Suite (fl, cl, bn, pno)
Re:pair(fl duet)
Unabashedly (fl/picc, vln, vc, pno)
Re:pair for Two Baroque Flutes
Unabashedly More (fl/picc, cl, vln, vla, vc, pno)
Intermezzo for Flute and Harp
Unabashedly Said (fl/picc, cl, hn, vln, vc, pno)
Intermezzo for Bass Flute and Harp
Perpetual Spark (fl/picc, vln, vla, vc, db bs, pno)
Intermezzo for Bass Flute and Piano Below (contrabs fl, audio track)
Archipelago(str qt, dbl bs, w.w. quint, pno) Slippery (fl, gtr)
Turn Island
Works with clarinet and saxophone
Intermezzo for Clarinet and Piano
Water Crossing (cl, audio track)
Intermezzo for Clarinet and Harp
Water Voyage (cl duet, audio track)
Re:pair (cl, bn) Desert Tide (sop sax, audio track)
Trio for Clarinet, Violin & Piano
Of Wind and Touch (bari sax, pno)
Brat (alto sax, pno) Brat (cl, pno)
Elegiac (cl, vc, pno) Evensong Suite (fl, cl, bn, pno)
Desert Run (ob, cl, pno) Unabashedly Said (fl/picc, cl, hn, vln, vc, pno)
Desert Thoughts (fl, cl, pno) Unabashedly More (fl/picc, cl, vln, vla, vc, pno)
Desert Passage (vln, tenor sax, pno) Archipelago (str qt, dbl bs, w.w. quint, pno)
Turn Island
Works with oboe and bassoon
Re:pair (fl, ob) Of Air and Touch (ob, pno)
Re:pair (fl, eng hn) Of Breath and Touch (bn, pno)
Re:pair (ob, eng hn) Desert Run (ob, cl, pno)
Re:pair (fl, bn) Desert Notes (ob, bn, pno)
Re:pair (cl, bn) Evensong Suite (fl, cl, bn, pno)
Re:pair (bn duet) Deep(contrabn, audio track)
Brat (ob, pno) Even Deeper
(double reed choir with audio track; 2014; 8')
Archipelago (str qt, dbl bs, w.w. quint, pno)  
bull kelp
Brass
Music for Two Big Instruments
(tuba and piano; 2000; 7')
Music for Four Big Instruments
(tuba, piano, double bass, drum set; 2006; 7')
Elegy
(trumpet, cello and piano; 2004; 8')
Of Song and Touch
(euphonium and piano; 2011; 10')
Unabashedly Said
(flute/piccolo, clarinet, french horn, violin, cello and piano; 2010; 11')
Archipelago
(string quartet, double bass, woodwind quintet, piano; 2009, revised 2013; 10')
Deep
(tuba, with audio track; 2004; 8')
Deep
(french horn, with audio track; 2004; 8')
geese
Concert Wind Band
Homecoming
(wind band; 2008; 8')
Paper Cut
(wind band, printer paper, audio track; 2010; 5')
Tight Squeeze
(wind band, audio track; 2013; 3')
Liquid Compass
(wind band, audio track; 2014; 9')
Immersion
(wind band and audio track; 2011; 23') Three movements, each of which may be programmed separately:
          Depth
          (wind band and audio track; 2011; 8')
          Surface
          (wind band and audio track; 2011; 4')
          Beneath
          (wind band and audio track; 2011; 11')
Lights Out
(wind band, audio track; 2015; 5')
sunset in the San Juans
Guitar  
Slippery
(flute and guitar; 2015; 9')
Below
(guitar with audio track; 2008; 10')
   
sun on Strait of San Juan de Fuca
Choral
Celebrate!
(SATB or SSA choir and piano; 2002; 5')
 
beach driftwood
Percussion  
At the Abyss
(piano, marimba, vibraphone and percussion;
2003; 14')
Music for Four Big Instruments
(tuba, piano, double bass, drum set;
2006; 7')
Slipping
(violin, harpsichord and percussion; 2006; 9')
Kettle Brew
(2013; timpani, percussion; 8')
   
Lion's mane jellyfish
Electroacoustic: Solo and Small Ensemble
Deep
(with contrabassoon or other low wind or brass; 2004; 8')
Desert Waves
(with 5-string electric violin or viola;
2001; 10')
Water Crossing
(with clarinet; 2002; 9')
Journey
(with 5-string electric violin; 1999; 7')
Water Voyage
(with clarinet duet; 2007; 9')
Desert Tide
(with soprano saxophone; 2005; 10')
Plasma
(with flute quartet; 2004; 1')
Chakra Suite
(with 32-string veena, tabla and guitar; 2005; 10')
Vista
(with violin; 2005; 8')
Evolve
(with electric viola; 2006; 8')
Just a Minute of Your Time
(electronic; 2006; 1')
Unhinged
(electronic; 2005; 1')
Below
(with contrabass flute or other low winds,
or guitar; 2008; 10')
Vendaval de Luvina
(with piano; 2010; 6')
Kettle Brew
(2013; timpani, percussion; 8')
Wail
(electronic; 2009; 1')
Even Deeper
(double reed choir with audio track; 2014; 8')
 
Electroacoustic: Symphonic Wind Band and Large Ensemble
Paper Cut
(with wind band, printer paper; 2010; 5')
Immersion
(with wind band; 2011; 22')
Depth
(with wind band; 2011; 8')
Surface
(with wind band; 2011; 4')
Beneath
(with wind band; 2011; 11')
Tight Squeeze
(wind band, audio track; 2013; 3')
Lights Out
(wind band, audio track; 2015; 5')
Liquid Compass
(wind band, audio track; 2014; 9')
Even Deeper
(double reed choir with audio track; 2014; 8')
 
Spieden Island
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