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HOMECOMING
for concert wind band.

Commissioned by and dedicated to Major Tod A. Addison and the soldiers of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band.

Composed by Alex Shapiro.



2008; Duration 7:30.
One movement work.
40 pages, 9" x 12".
Published by Activist Music (ASCAP).

Grade 4 and beyond.

 



score cover

Click here to listen! listen to HOMECOMING

A full, live outdoor recording of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band performing HOMECOMING in Newport News, VA, May, 2008, conducted by Major Tod A. Addison.
     
HOMECOMING instrumentation
     

Homecoming, page 1

 

Bald Eagle returning; photo by Alex Shapiro.

THE CONDUCTOR SCORE
(email Alex for code access)

PERUSAL ONLY; not for performance or duplication.

.pdf file of the TRANSPOSED CONDUCTOR SCORE,

9 x 12; 40 pages including cover and notes.

score, 9 x 12-single-side

Bald Eagle over kelp beds; photo by Alex Shapiro.

PURCHASE

HOMECOMING is available as a physical, bound set of score and parts, or as a digital set of .pdf score and parts.

Click here to order the PDF set from Activist Music ORDER HOMECOMING

Click the happy green icon to order the print set from Hal Leonard ORDER HOMECOMING

Hal Leonard

Bald Eagle passing the Cascades; photo by Alex Shapiro.

THE PROGRAM NOTE

Homecoming
by Alex Shapiro

Homecoming is a distinctly American piece of music which ventures emotionally from doubt, to hope, and finally to celebration. Written for the soldiers of the U.S. Army TRADOC Band, the piece reflects upon wishes for the safe return of those who serve their country. Beginning with shades of concern and resolving with great joy, Homecoming seamlessly flows between traditional styles that originated in the U.S., from post-minimalist concert music to jazz. As the music grows into a waltz rhythm, welcoming smiles dance with it to the end as loved ones are reunited.

The individuals behind each instrument devote their lives to creating inspired music, and the people of the U.S. Armed Forces devote their lives to the betterment of the lives of others. In this piece, the most simple wind instrument of all, the human voice, echoes meaningful homecomings, wherever home may be and from whatever circumstance one returns.


 
"You have captured brilliantly the feelings one has upon separation. The "homecoming" section matches every photo of a family's embrace upon deployment return I have ever seen. I am also so happy that our generation, which began to openly say we loved pop idioms without shame, can now hear its techniques as high art and appreciated thereof!"

Major Tod A. Addison, Commander and conductor, U.S. Army TRADOC Band, Fort Monroe, Virginia

Bald Eagle; photo by Alex Shapiro.

ADDITIONAL INFO

Sounding Board Article
Read Alex's feature article about her experience composing Homecoming, in the July 2008 issue of Sounding Board Article

How did this mostly-chamber music composer get into writing for symphonic band? Listen to her describe how it happened, in this two-minute excerpt from an interview she gave to Carey Nadeau from the American Composers Forum:

Homecoming premiere
Alex Shapiro addresses the audience at the premiere of Homecoming
in Newport News, Virginia

TRADOC conductors
Alex is presented a commemorative photo and dedication from the TRADOC Band
and Lt. Toulouse and Major Addison.

 

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by clicking here

You can also leave a voice message or a fax at:
(270) 916-0093.

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