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Marilyn Shrude (1946-     )

Marilyn Shrude, composerChicago-born composer Marilyn Shrude received degrees from Alverno College and Northwestern University, where she studied with Alan Stout and M. William Karlins. Among her more prestigious honors are those from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Rockefeller Foundation, Chamber Music America/ASCAP, Meet the Composer, National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. She was the first woman to receive the Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards for Orchestral Music (1984) and the Cleveland Arts Prize for Music (1998). Since 1977 Shrude has been on the faculty of Bowling Green State University, where she teaches and currently chairs the Department of Musicology/Composition/Theory. She is the founder of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (at Bowling Green), an international organization for the promotion of contemporary music, and past director of its Annual New Music & Art Festival. She continues to be active as a pianist and clinician with saxophonist John Sampen. In 2001 she was named a Distinguished Artist Professor of Music.

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Shrude Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
Six Pieces for Piano (1972)
Quartet, saxophone quartet (1972)
Music for Soprano Saxophone and Piano (1974)
Genesis: Notes to the Unborn, orchestra (1975)
Four Meditations: To a Mother and Her Firstborn, soprano and chamber ensemble (1975)
Evolution V, alto saxophone and saxophone quartet (1976)
Invocation, Antiphons, and Psalms, solo percussion (1977)
Arctic Desert, chamber ensemble (1979)
Enuma elish, mechanical action organ (1980)
B.E.R.G., 2 horns (1980)
Infinity, symphonic wind ensemble (1981)
Masks, saxophone quartet (1982)
Drifting Over a Red Place, clarinet, echo, slides and dancer (1982 version)
Shadows and Dawning, soprano saxophone and piano (1982)
Psalms for David, orchestra (1983)
Lines from Tennyson, chorus, soprano solo, baritone solo, 4 flutes and percussion (1984)
Odyssey - Flights of the Imagination, brass quintet (1984)
Splintered Visions, small chamber ensemble (1985)
Visions in Metaphor, clarinet and dancer (1986; arr. for alto saxophone, 1996)
Passage of Years, orchestra (1987)
Interior Spaces, double bass and piano (1987; arr. for tuba and piano, 2003)
Perfect Timing, harp (1988)
Renewing the Myth, alto saxophone and piano (1988)
Drifting Over a Red Place, WX7 wind controller (1988 version)
Amish, TV series theme music (1989)
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, chorus (1989)
A Window Always Open on the Sea, cello, percussion and piano (1990)
Silent Night, chorus (1991)
A Gift of Memories, chamber orchestra (1992)
...And They Shall Inherit, saxophone ensemble (1992)
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (1994)
Fanfare for Brass and Percussion (1994)
Into Light, orchestra (1994)
Flight, alto saxophone and wind ensemble (1995)
Songs of Praise, soprano and piano (1995)
Four Chorale Preludes, organ (1996)
Notturno: In Memoriam Toru Takemitsu, violin, alto saxophone and piano (1996)
Seven Bagatelles, 2 pianos (1997)
Continuum (Postscript 1997), alto saxophone and piano (1997)
Chant, chamber ensemble (1998)
Childsong, treble voices and Orff instruments (1998)
Slapshot, young pianists (1999)
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place, chorus and organ (1999)
La Chanson de printemps, string orchestra in two sections (1999)
Face of the Moon, alto saxophone and guitar (2000)
Transparent Eyes, flute, alto saxophone and 2 pianos (2000)
Memorie di luoghi ..., violin and piano (2001)
Portraits, piano (2001)
Memories of a Place, alto saxophone and string orchestra (2002; arr. for alto sax and piano, 2003)
Raining Glass, violin, cello and piano (2002)
A Virtual Reality, orchestra (2003)
Revels, orchestra (2003)
For Luciano ..., alto saxophone (2003)
Secrets, soprano and string quartet (2004)
Kantada, alto saxophone and piano (2004)
Spirit, junior high school concert band, w/opt. electric guitar (2005) [Co-written with David Sampen]
Fantasmi, 2 alto saxophones and saxophone ensemble (2005)
Recit, flute and piano (2005)
Lacrimosa, alto saxophone and piano (2006)
Trope, alto saxophone and piano; or any combination of four or more instruments with a range of f#3 to a#4 (2007)
Evolutions, alto saxophone and alto saxophone ensemble (2007)
Caritas, alto saxophone and piano (2008)
Litanies, flute, oboe and piano (2008)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Shrude Links     ~ top of page ~
Orchestra
Genesis: Notes to the Unborn, orchestra (1975)
Psalms for David, orchestra (1983)
Passage of Years, orchestra (1987)
A Gift of Memories, chamber orchestra (1992)
Fanfare for Brass and Percussion (1994)
Into Light, orchestra (1994)
La Chanson de printemps, string orchestra in two sections (1999)
A Virtual Reality, orchestra (2003)
Revels, orchestra (2003)

Band
Infinity, symphonic wind ensemble (1981)
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (1994)
Flight, alto saxophone and wind ensemble (1995)
Spirit, junior high school concert band, w/opt. electric guitar (2005) [Co-written with David Sampen]

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra or Ensemble
Evolution V, alto saxophone and saxophone quartet (1976)
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (1994)
Flight, alto saxophone and wind ensemble (1995)
Memories of a Place, alto saxophone and string orchestra (2002; arr. for alto sax and piano, 2003)
Fantasmi, 2 alto saxophones and saxophone ensemble (2005)
Evolutions, alto saxophone and alto saxophone ensemble (2007)

Choral
Lines from Tennyson, chorus, soprano solo, baritone solo, 4 flutes and percussion (1984)
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, chorus (1989)
Silent Night, chorus (1991)
Childsong, treble voices and Orff instruments (1998)
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place, chorus and organ (1999)

Saxophone(s)
Quartet, saxophone quartet (1972)
Music for Soprano Saxophone and Piano (1974)
Evolution V, alto saxophone and saxophone quartet (1976)
Masks, saxophone quartet (1982)
Shadows and Dawning, soprano saxophone and piano (1982)
Visions in Metaphor, clarinet and dancer (1986; arr. for alto saxophone, 1996)
Renewing the Myth, alto saxophone and piano (1988)
...And They Shall Inherit, saxophone ensemble (1992)
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (1994)
Flight, alto saxophone and wind ensemble (1995)
Notturno: In Memoriam Toru Takemitsu, violin, alto saxophone and piano (1996)
Continuum (Postscript 1997), alto saxophone and piano (1997)
Face of the Moon, alto saxophone and guitar (2000)
Transparent Eyes, flute, alto saxophone and 2 pianos (2000)
Memories of a Place, alto saxophone and string orchestra (2002; arr. for alto sax and piano, 2003)
For Luciano ..., alto saxophone (2003)
Kantada, alto saxophone and piano (2004)
Fantasmi, 2 alto saxophones and saxophone ensemble (2005)
Lacrimosa, alto saxophone and piano (2006)
Trope, alto saxophone and piano; or any combination of four or more instruments with a range of f#3 to a#4 (2007)
Evolutions, alto saxophone and alto saxophone ensemble (2007)
Caritas, alto saxophone and piano (2008)

Chamber
Quartet, saxophone quartet (1972)
Evolution V, alto saxophone and saxophone quartet (1976)
Arctic Desert, chamber ensemble (1979)
B.E.R.G., 2 horns (1980)
Masks, saxophone quartet (1982)
Drifting Over a Red Place, clarinet, echo, slides and dancer (1982 version)
Odyssey - Flights of the Imagination, brass quintet (1984)
Splintered Visions, small chamber ensemble (1985)
A Window Always Open on the Sea, cello, percussion and piano (1990)
...And They Shall Inherit, saxophone ensemble (1992)
Fanfare for Brass and Percussion (1994)
Notturno: In Memoriam Toru Takemitsu, violin, alto saxophone and piano (1996)
Chant, chamber ensemble (1998)
Face of the Moon, alto saxophone and guitar (2000)
Transparent Eyes, flute, alto saxophone and 2 pianos (2000)
Raining Glass, violin, cello and piano (2002)
Fantasmi, 2 alto saxophones and saxophone ensemble (2005)
Trope, alto saxophone and piano; or any combination of four or more instruments with a range of f#3 to a#4 (2007)
Evolutions, alto saxophone and alto saxophone ensemble (2007)
Litanies, flute, oboe and piano (2008)

Solo Instrument
Music for Soprano Saxophone and Piano (1974)
Invocation, Antiphons, and Psalms, solo percussion (1977)
Shadows and Dawning, soprano saxophone and piano (1982)
Visions in Metaphor, clarinet and dancer (1986; arr. for alto saxophone, 1996)
Interior Spaces, double bass and piano (1987; arr. for tuba and piano, 2003)
Perfect Timing, harp (1988)
Renewing the Myth, alto saxophone and piano (1988)
Continuum (Postscript 1997), alto saxophone and piano (1997)
Memorie di luoghi ..., violin and piano (2001)
Memories of a Place, alto saxophone and string orchestra (2002; arr. for alto sax and piano, 2003)
For Luciano ..., alto saxophone (2003)
Kantada, alto saxophone and piano (2004)
Recit, flute and piano (2005)
Lacrimosa, alto saxophone and piano (2006)
Trope, alto saxophone and piano; or any combination of four or more instruments with a range of f#3 to a#4 (2007)
Caritas, alto saxophone and piano (2008)

Piano/Organ
Six Pieces for Piano (1972)
Enuma elish, mechanical action organ (1980)
Four Chorale Preludes, organ (1996)
Seven Bagatelles, 2 pianos (1997)
Slapshot, young pianists (1999)
Portraits, piano (2001)

Vocal
Four Meditations: To a Mother and Her Firstborn, soprano and chamber ensemble (1975)
Songs of Praise, soprano and piano (1995)
Childsong, treble voices and Orff instruments (1998)
Secrets, soprano and string quartet (2004)

Incidental/Film/TV
Amish, TV series theme music (1989)

Electronic
Drifting Over a Red Place, WX7 wind controller (1988 version)


SHRUDE   LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
Interview with Marilyn Shrude (New Music Forum)
Marilyn Shrude Named Distinguished Artist Professor (Bowling Green State University)
Teaching Composition in 21st century America: A Conversation with William Bolcom (Marilyn Shrude , American Music)
To What Degree: Teaching Musical Composition (Marilyn Shrude, NewMusicBox)

Composer's website        . . . contact Marilyn Shrude:  mshrude@bgnet.bgsu.edu

Shrude @ Wikipedia
Shrude @ American Composers Alliance    also    here
Shrude @ Bowling Green State University
Shrude @ Brave New Works
Shrude @ Classical Archives
Shrude @ Cleveland Arts Prize
Shrude @ composition:today
Shrude @ Dilettante Music
Shrude @ enotes.com
Shrude @ InstantEncore
Shrude @ MMC Recordings
Shrude @ MulesRasch (Bernard Savoie)
Shrude @ NewMusicBox
Shrude @ Sigma Alpha Iota
Shrude @ University of Michigan

Publishers
American Composers Alliance
Editions Henry Lemoine (Paris)
Neue Musik Verlag Berlin
C.F. Peters
Southern Music
Thomas House

Streaming Audio
Shrude @ Classical Archives
Shrude @ last.fm
Shrude @ Rhapsody

Recordings
Shrude @ ArkivMusic
Shrude @ ClassicsOnline
Shrude @ Discogs
Shrude @ New World Records

Video
Shrude @ YouTube

Reviews

Sax Appeal: Musical Couple's CD Shows Instrument's Potential  -  Shadows and Dawning (Albany TROY 526)
John Sampen, saxophone; Marilyn Shrude, piano; Sax Fourth Avenue
David DuPont, Sentinel-Tribune
Shadows and Dawning (Albany TROY 526), a collaboration of saxophone virtuoso John Sampen and composer and pianist Marilyn Shrude, is a celebration of contemporary saxophone specifically as practiced in the Midwest. The recording was actually intended as a reissue of decades-old performances available only on LP. "We thought it would be very easy," Sampen said. When they listened to the old master tapes, however, they discovered "they had started to deteriorate." So they went back into the studio with the same engineer, Mark Bunce, of Bowling Green State University, to record new versions of Shrude's Shadows and Dawning and Evolution V." Also on the disc are Shrude's Renewing the Myth, William Albright's Sonata and Burton Beerman's, Concerto No. 1 for Alto Saxophone and Taped Instruments. The recording covers the range of possibilities for classical saxophone from the high  flying virtuosity of Shrude's Renewing the Myth to Albright's ragtime flavored Sonata, to the electronic manipulations in Beennan's Concerto No. 1. All three composers represented are from the Midwest. Albright lived in Ann Arbor, MI and Beerman teaches with Shrude and Sampen at Bowling Green State University's College of Musical Arts. Getting performances of these pieces into wider circulation, including for students who may be studying them, was part of the motivation for the recording. Shrude's Renewing the Myth was the required piece for the World Saxophone Conference held in Brussels in 2002. All ISO contestants had to perform it, and Shrude was one of the judges. The piece is based on a violin caprice by Niccolo Paganini who, legend has it, exchanged his soul for his mastery of the violin. The piece quotes not only the Paganini theme but also milestones of saxophone literature. "The demands it places on the performer are high," says Sampen, who gave the premiere performance at an earlier World Saxophone Congress. "It isn't the kind of piece everybody could play perfectly," Shrude says. She listened to 150 saxophonists play the piece. "Every performance was so different." Some versions were "bizarre," she said. "I was in awe of their interpretive license." But not, she added, "appreciative." Those who won her favor were those who nailed both notes and style. Shadows and Dawning is the latest chapter for the musical collaborators, who are also husband and wife, that spans three decades. Working together "is great," Sampen says. "We know our individual problems and can accommodate." "The advantage of working with John," Shrude says, "is that I can ask him to play it. He's fixed a number of things." Sampen says he's now more likely to point out parts that may prove to be too difficult. When he was younger, he just assumed he could play any passage. "Trying to prove his manhood," Shrude says. "As I've gotten older, I've become more practical," Sampen says. "Maybe I can do it, but maybe only 70 percent of the time. I've gotten more ... " "Judicious," Shrude says, feeding him the word. The couple intended to have the CD out in time for performers at the World Congress to hear what would be considered the definitive recorded version featuring the composer and the original performer. But, Sampen noted wryly, most of tbe performers just "stole it right off the internet." For someone who pays for his recordings out of his own pocket, the loss of that revenue is acute. Producing a CD even on a small scale can cost as much as $10,000. "In order to continue doing this I need to get something back," he says.



Beerman: Concerto No. 1 for Saxophone and Tape (1981); Shrude: Shadows and Dawning (1982); and Evolution V (1976); John Sampen, saxophone; Marilyn Shrude, piano; Orion85487
S.W.E., Fanfare Magazine, Nov/Dec 1986
The Concerto No. 1 for Saxophone and Taped Instruments (1981) by Burton Beerman is part of an ongoing series of such concertos by this composer. Beerman's live soloist plays against pre-recorded acoustical instrumental sounds processed electronically. The work is Cage-like: the electronic part is not homogenized, unpredictable; it carries elements of musique concrete and is timbrally quite diverse. The live saxophone line has multiphonics and other effects, but is no less melodic for it. A very good work. The disc turns out to be a quite a winner by following the Beerman work with two saxophone pieces by Marilyn Shrude. Her Shadows and Dawning (1982) for saxophone and piano is a one-movement chamber poem depicting the gradual transformation of nature's darkness into light - nighttime to dawning. Moods of mystery and modernistic performance techniques are used: multiphonics, timbral trills, and the like. Eventually the piano begins passagework reminiscent of shimmering - the first traces of light are apparent; the saxophone trills excitedly and the picture is complete. Evolution V (1976) for solo saxophone and saxophone quartet pits the soloist in a concerto-like mode, as he finds himself in a highly charged, sonically replicated environment that challenges him to keep his identity. The melodic material is more esoteric than that in the previous piece, as it is derived from a serialized 15-note row. But it is none the less interesting or subtly shaded than Shadows and Dawning, and I liked it. The disc features a top-flight soloist: both Beerman's and Shrude's works are given fine performances by John Sampen. Excellent sound.

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