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Archipelago

(2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Double bass, Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn).
Total duration ca. 11 minutes (2009)

Published by Activist Music (ASCAP).
Commissioned in 2009 by The Norton Building Concert Series, for the Fifth House Ensemble.

One movement work. 24 pages (score), 8.5" x 11".

Premiered on November 15, 2009 in Lockport, IL
by the Fifth House Ensemble.



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I live in a beautiful archipelago in which each island has a distinct character. Some are similar to each other, and others cause me to wonder what the geo- and meteorological forces could have been to make them so contrasting. This piece is not dissimilar, as it wends its way through a series of cohesive but varied segments, each subject to the forces of my own emotional geology.

Similarly, a musical ensemble is its own archipelago: wonderfully contrasting individuals who, when experienced together, form a compelling, unified group. As with navigating the channels and straits between isles, or those of one's psyche, Archipelago offers a journey, and every listener will experience the landscape differently.

 


 
 
 



Alex Shapiro and the Fifth House Ensemble at the premiere of Archipelago, November 2009.

Archipelago, page 3 D  
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Archipelago, page 14    
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Archipelago, page 17    
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