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AIRBORNE

for symphonic wind band.

From the symphony, SUSPENDED.

Composed by Alex Shapiro.

Grade 5 and beyond.


2021. Duration ca. 4:45.
Published by Activist Music LLC (ASCAP).

 

Commissioned by Kappa Kappa Psi, National Band Fraternity, and Tau Beta Sigma, National Band Sorority, for the 2021 National Intercollegiate Band.

 

Premiered July 13, 2021 at the DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dr. Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor.



score cover

 

AIRBORNE is currently available as a digital set of .pdf score and parts. Print sets will become available in 2023.

 

Click here to order from Activist Music ORDER AIRBORNE

 

Full set: $200.
Score only: $30.



 

 

LICENSES INCLUDED:

 

Synchronization and mechanical rights are included free of charge for music educators and non-profit ensembles wishing to create a virtual recording and video of this piece, subject to written approval from Ms. Shapiro prior to publicly posting the media.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Alex Shapiro.

 

 

 

QUICK LINKS

 
 
 

 

 

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AIRBORNE: RECORDING

 

Click here to listen:

Choose either the .mp3 or .WAV (better!).

 

.mp3

 

.WAV

AIRBORNE
(a stand-alone work that is also the first movement of SUSPENDED):

AIRBORNE: low res
AIRBORNE: hi res

Listen to the full symphony:
SUSPENDED

download, low res
download, hi-res

 

Live concert performance by the USC Thornton Winds, conducted by Allan McMurray at Bovard Auditorium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA October 28, 2022.


   

 

 

 

Photo by Alex Shapiro.

 

 

AIRBORNE instrumentation

 

 

 

 

AIRBORNE: PERUSAL SCORE
(email Alex for access code)

Not for performance or duplication.

 

.pdf file of the TRANSPOSED CONDUCTOR SCORE

9 x 12; 49 pages


 

CONDUCTOR SCORE


 

perusal score

 

 


 

Photo by Alex Shapiro.

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM NOTE

 

 

The fast, short, turbulent passages of AIRBORNE launch and jerk upward, alternating with an insistent theme that marches relentlessly toward something unknown and ominous. A chaotic, ever-swirling and disorienting wake-up call, AIRBORNE was composed as the first movement of SUSPENDED, a symphony for winds, percussion, and pre-recorded soundscape. Sometimes we need to scream.

 

 

PROGRAM BIO for Alex Shapiro



Alex Shapiro bio and photos

 

 

 

 

Photo by Alex Shapiro.

 

 

 

 

 

PERFORMANCE NOTES

 

The percussionists have significant presence. If possible, the timpani and mallet instruments should be located as close to the lip of the stage as possible to be best seen and heard, rather than remain buried in the back row.

 

Tempo is crucial, intended for a dizzying speed that conveys chaos and disorientation. The ideal tempo for AIRBORNE is quarter = 176! Please do not slow to anything less than quarter note = 166.

 

If possible, placing a mic pickup on the piano and the string bass will be very helpful, so that those instruments are better heard.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Alex Shapiro.

 

 

 

 

WEBHEARSALS

Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, etc. are wonderful tools for affordably bringing Alex into your rehearsal, without having to book a plane flight! She has a great time coaching students, and the difference between their musicianship at the beginning of the session and by the time it ends, is remarkable.

Alex can tell the ensemble about how the piece was created and engage them in conversation, and even show them how her digital project studio works! It's also easy to arrange to have her say hello to the audience during a concert, via a custom video. Webhearsals connect musicians to the real person-- and the stories-- behind the notes on the music stands. Get in touch with Alex-- her contact info is at the bottom of this page.

To see some examples of webhearsals, and the view Alex loves to share from her desk, click here.

 

Skypehearsal

Alex was an early adopter of online "webhearsals"! Here's one from December 2012 with Alex in her studio on Washington's San Juan Island, and band director Mary Bauer and the Mt. Mansfield Union High School Band far across the continent in Vermont.

 

 

 


Photo by Alex Shapiro.

Link to SUSPENDED

AIRBORNE is also the first movement of Alex's symphony for winds, percussion and pre-recorded soundscape, SUSPENDED. Click here to read about the work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 (what's THAT?) at: (270) 916-0093, and she'll return your call.

 

Call Alex!

 

 

All photographs by Alex Shapiro.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Photo by Alex Shapiro.

 

 


     
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