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LIQUID COMPASS

an electro-aquatic piece
for symphonic wind band and prerecorded track.


Composed by Alex Shapiro.
2014; Duration 9:00. Published by Activist Music (ASCAP).


Commissioned by Carthage College in commemoration of the 140th anniversary of the Carthage College Band, Christo et Ecclesiae.

Grade 5.

score cover

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The full streaming recording of the Carthage College Band playing LIQUID COMPASS, conducted by James Ripley.

LIQUID COMPASS is available as a physical, bound set of score and parts plus audio download, or as a digital set of .pdf score and parts, plus audio download.

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LIQUID COMPASS instrumentation

water sloshing
One of the unusual ingredients to the journey: water dripping!

LIQUID COMPASS was generously commissioned by Carthage College, and its alumni, to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the Carthage Band, Christo et Ecclesiae. The participating donors are greatly appreciated:

Generous support was provided by:
Anonymous Friend of Music
Carthage College Department of Music
Ralph Lane

Additional support was provided by:
Nathaniel Card
Kurt and Vicki Chroust
Calvin and Nona Claus
John Dorch
John and Lori Gnabasik
Scott Jones and Jennifer Bodrie Jones
Lorilyn Krug
Ronald and Cynthia Larson
The Justice Law Firm P.C.
Genevieve Mundis
Mari Panzer
Lewis and Margaret Payne
Diane Presta
Michaela Ross
Brian Schoettler
Richard and Mary Sjoerdsma
Karin Stefans

Very special thanks to Dr. James Ripley, who set his musical compass with the faith that we might discover a shared true north!




James Ripley and Alex Shapiro in rehearsal
Conductor James Ripley and Alex Shapiro rehearsing LIQUID COMPASS
with the Carthage College Band, May 2014.

 

QUICK LINKS

 
 

The San Juan Islands

THE CONDUCTOR SCORE
(email Alex for access code )

PERUSAL ONLY; not for performance or duplication.

.pdf file of the TRANSPOSED CONDUCTOR SCORE,

9 x 12; 47 pages including cover and notes.

perusal score, 9 x 12
Alex Shapiro

Alex showing off her latest publication at the Hal Leonard booth at the Midwest Clinic, December 2014.

 


canoeing to Dinner Island

THE PROGRAM NOTE

LIQUID COMPASS is a tone poem that takes the musicians and the audience on a watery journey spanning the mystical and the triumphant. Commemorating the 140th anniversary of Carthage College's wind band, the piece migrates to different places, but never loses its bearings in pursuit of a musical true north. The spiritual power of the sea is ever-present, in layers of unique sounds heard in the audio track, and duplicated by the musicians. The effect is a physical surround-sound of texture, as metal bowls capture slow, resonant drips of water, and flutists breathe other-worldly intonations. The piece, like the school that commissioned it, continues to push forward while observing that which has come before. Because one can't celebrate history, without reflecting on the waters over which time and experience have passed.

 

 


The schooner Adventuress in the San Juan Islands

 

PROGRAM NOTES for download Program note

Program Notes

PROGRAM BIO for Alex Shapiro Photo and bio

Alex Shapiro bio and photos

Bemidji High School Band
Conductor Derek Wickum leading the Bemidji High Band in Minnesota
during a 2015 performance of LIQUID COMPASS.

set your compass

A CONCERT VIDEO

The Florida Atlantic University Wind Ensemble, in Boca Raton, FL, conducted by Kyle Prescott:

THE PREP

WASBE World
WASBE World

Alex has written an extensive two-part article about electroacoustic band music and the uses of multimedia in the concert world. The essay, titled The e-Frontier: Music, Multimedia, Education, and Audiences in the Digital World echoes the presentations she gave at The 2013 Midwest Clinic and the 2014 TMEA convention, and appears in the June and September 2014 issues of the magazine of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, WASBE World. The pdf is offered here with the very kind permission of the organization.

Click here for the full .pdf file readThe e-Frontier

canoe ready to launch off driftwood

THE CONTACT INFO

The VERY best way to reach Alex is through email, by clicking here Email Alex!

Email Alex!

You can also leave a voice message or a fax at:
(270) 916-0093, and she'll return your call.

Call Alex!

 


Alex Shapiro at the Hal Leonard Booth at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, December 2014. There's a lot more Shapiro band music to hear!

Head on over to THIS PAGE for an overview of Alex's wind band pieces. You can listen to each one, read all about it via a link, and if desired, request a free pdf perusal score. Have fun!


If the photos above transported you across the water, you can enjoy more such virtual journeys by clicking over to Alex's blog, Notes from the Kelp, here blog post

 

Alex at the helm


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