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for women's chorus and chamber orchestra
Duration: 15'
text: Scale Shift by Marcella Durand

Commissioned by:
Nobuya Sugawa, Katsuki Tochio, Mamoru Nakata, Kotai Yo
The Nagoya Academic Winds
Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare "Heartful Winds"—Toshiya Iwata, conductor
Iyo High School—Kimihiko Hasegawa, conductor
Gifu Sogo Gakuen High School-Makoto Tada, conductor
and The University of Houston Wind Ensemble—David Bertman, conductor
for the 2011 Japan Wind Ensemble Conductors Conference

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Parts available for hire.

Score available for sale from OK Feel Good Music.

Setting Marcella Durand’s Scale Shift was a singular pleasure; the language and rhythm in all of her poetry consistently resonates with me, so it was actually quite difficult to choose the right one for this piece. I met Marcella in our neighborhood through our children, who are playground friends. After seeing her only in the rather distracting context of toddler birthday parties and play-dates, I stumbled upon one of her poems in a magazine, and then when I started thinking about this piece I made an enjoyable project of looking at more of her work, all of which is chunky with poetics and evocatively fractured in a style that exactly suited the sound and style I was planning for the work. The ensemble I selected is pared down to an almost sinfonietta-type instrumentation, in order to create an intimate balance with the women’s chorus, and to match the delicacy of colors in Marcella’s beautiful poem.

Marcella Durand's Scale Shift used by kind permission of Belladonna* Series and Marcella Durand.

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The Florida State University Chamber Winds and Chorus, Opperman Music Hall, Tallahassee, FL, Richard Clary, conductor | U.S. PREMIERE - Apr 11 2013

Nagoya Academic Winds, Okazaki City Center, Cho, Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, JAPAN, 2011 Japan Wind Ensemble Conductors Conference "MID" / Nakata Mori, conductor - Apr 09 2011

Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and Chorus, Senzoku Maeda Hall College of Music, Kawasaki City, JAPAN, CANCELLED DUE TO EARTHQUAKE 2011 Japan Wind Ensemble Conductors Conference, Commission and World Premiere / Saitou Itirou, conductor - Mar 27 2011