Alice Shields

Biography

Alice Shields is noted for the power of her writing for live and electronically transformed voices and the moving quality of her writing for instruments.  One of the pioneers of electronic music, she creates operas, vocal and chamber music and music for dance and video.  Her work is influenced by Western and non-Western forms of classical music and theater, including Bharata Natyam dance-drama and Japanese Noh Theater. 

Current performances include the world premiere of Larynx (2018) for piccolo, piano and three percussionists by Iktus Percussion on May 11, 2018 at Areté Gallery, Brooklyn, which will be recorded in January, 2019; two electronic scenes from the opera Mass for the Dead performed by the NYC-Electroacoustic Music Festival on July 20 2018, and the world premiere of her opera Zhaojun - The Woman Who Saved the World (2018) on November 20, 2018 in concert at Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch College by the Association for the Promotion of New Music.

 

ACE Publications

29 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Alice Shields WILDCAT SONGS Soprano, piccolo
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Alice Shields NERUDA SONGS -
female voice, cello
Alice Shields AURORA oboe, violin
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Alice Shields LEVERTOV SONGS Mezzo Soprano, Viola
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Alice Shields MASS FOR THE DEAD For 3 singers (Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone), optional Chorus, fixed audio media, and 4 optional live inst (cello, bassoon, keyboard, percussion)
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Alice Shields Komachi at Sekidera -
soprano/mezzo-soprano, alto flute, koto
Alice Shields AZURE -
flute, violin, viola, cello
Alice Shields Mioritza - Requiem for Rachel Corrie (for Trombone) Trombone and Fixed Audio Media
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Alice Shields KYRIELLE violin, tape
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Alice Shields RIVER OF MEMORY trombone, tape
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Alice Shields CRISEYDE - Opera in Two Acts 5 solo singers plus 14 instruments
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Alice Shields SRI MATA (English Horn) English horn
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Alice Shields DAWN Flute, Clarinet
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Alice Shields SRI MATA (Violin) violin
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Alice Shields Balkan Melody 2 for wind quartet flute, clarinet in Bb, alto saxophone, bassoon
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Alice Shields SRI MATA - viola solo viola
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Alice Shields Balkan Melody 3 for wind quartet oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone and bassoon
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Alice Shields QUARTET FOR PIANO AND THREE PERCUSSION piano, glockenspiel, vibraphone, xylophone
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Alice Shields TODAY IS BLISS trumpet, piano
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Alice Shields AJE TO ANANDA Baritone, piano
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Alice Shields PULCHRA ES No. 2 double mixed chorus, soprano solo, organ
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Alice Shields O GRACIOUS LIGHT SATB mixed choir
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Alice Shields White Heron Dance electroacoustic - audio
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Alice Shields WIND IN PINES soprano, alto recorder, alto flute, Renaissance bray harp, oud, Therobo, percussion (1)
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Additional Works