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BENEATH

for Orchestra
and Pre-recorded Soundscape.
(with Pacific Humpback whale soloist!).

Composed in 2010 by Alex Shapiro.
Arranged by Andrew Wainwright, 2019



2019. Duration 10:30.
Published by Activist Music LLC (ASCAP).


score cover

BENEATH is available as a digital set of .pdf score and parts, plus audio download.

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

orcas

Click here to listen! Stream Download

The .mp3 stream or higher-resolution download of the full orchestra version of
BENEATH.

Performed and recorded September 2019 in Aurora, Illinois by The Fox Valley Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Squires.


reference MP3
reference MP3

 

orca whale breaching

BENEATH instrumentation

breach splash

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PROGRAM NOTE for BENEATH:

Beneath brings listeners on a sonic journey into a private, aquatic realm. Below the surface of the ocean is a world of liquid beauty and grace hidden from our eyes and from our imagination. Even in this habitat of life and hope, exquisite creatures remain vulnerable to events triggered from beyond their fragile sanctuary. From hearing a volcanic eruption under the Pacific, to going on a guided tour of the sea alongside a Humpback whale, your ears and your heart will glide across the bottom of a place we sometimes forget to look.

 


Enjoy this video of the original version of BENEATH for wind band, performed by the Washington State University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dahn Pham on a concert devoted to Shapiro's music during her residency as guest composer for the Festival of Contemporary Art Music on February 9, 2013.

WSU performance
BENEATH: movement 3 of IMMERSION.

surf grass

PERUSAL CONDUCTOR SCORE for
BENEATH for orchestra

(email Activist Music for the code):

.pdf file of the TRANSPOSED CONDUCTOR SCORE, 11 x 17; 25 pages


CONDUCTOR SCORE:
SINGLE SIDED

score, 11 x 17-single-side

 

Lion's Mane jellyfish

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Here's something VERY helpful: a complete guide to the software and hardware setup for your rehearsal space and performance venue.

pdf of tech guide

This music lends itself to a multimedia performance if desired, with video, photos, lighting, or set design concepts. For access to existing photographs from Alex's extensive portfolio, or for more information, please contact Alex mail link

 

 

Alex appears in three of director Michael Stillwater's documentary films: Shining Night, Beyond the Fear of Singing, and In Search of the Great Song. Click the image below to watch a short excerpt from the latter, scored with the whale song track from BENEATH and filmed at Alex's home on San Juan Island, WA.:

Alex in "In Search of the Great Song"

 

WASBE World
WASBE World

Alex has written an extensive two-part article about electroacoustic large ensemble 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 presentations she has given at The 2013 Midwest Clinic, the 2014 TMEA convention, and the 2019 BCMEA conference, 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

 



bull kelp bed


tidal rock

tide pool

PROGRAM BIO for Alex Shapiro

Alex Shapiro bio and photos

interview
Want to know how Alex found the perfect whale for this piece? Click here to read a short interview with her, on the blog The Natural World.

interview
Click here to listen to the February 2017 podcast interview Alex did with host Anthony Lanmanon his show 1 Track, in which she A/B'ed identical sections of BELOW, for contrabass flute, and its subsequent version for symphonic band, BENEATH -- the final movement of IMMERSION.

 

orca whale and gull

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's SKYPE name is, notealigner.

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All photographs by Alex Shapiro (offering a good hint about where all this watery music comes from!).

 


     
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