Marilyn Shrude

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The music of composer Marilyn Shrude is characterized by its warmth and lyricism, rich timbre, multi-layered constructions, and complex blend of tonality and atonality. The result is a bright, shimmering and delicately wrought sound world that is at once both powerful and fragile. Her concentration on color and the natural resonance of spaces, as well as her strong background in Pre-Vatican II liturgical music, give the music its linear, spiritual, and quasi-improvisational qualities.

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 Guggenheim Foundation (2011 Fellow), American Academy of Arts and Letters, Rockefeller Foundation, Chamber Music America/ASCAP, Meet the Composer, Sorel Foundation (Medallion Winner for Choral Music 2011), and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was the first woman to receive the Kennedy Center Friedheim Award for Orchestral Music (1984) and the Cleveland Arts Prize for Music (1998). Her work for saxophone and piano, Renewing the Myth, was the required piece for the 150 participants of the 3rd International Adolphe Sax Concours in Belgium (2002).

Active as a composer, pianist, teacher, and contemporary music advocate, Shrude has consistently promoted American music through her many years as founder and director of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (1987-99) and as chair of the Department of Musicology/Composition/Theory at Bowling Green State University (1998-2011). She joined the faculty of BGSU in 1977, has served as Visiting Professor of Music at Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory and Heidelberg College, and was a faculty member and chair of the Composition and Theory Department at the Interlochen Arts Camp (1990-97). She has received four Dean’s Awards for Service and for the Promotion of Contemporary Music on the Campus of BGSU (1994, 1999, 2005, 2011) and a 2008 BGSU Chair/Director Leadership Award. In 2001 she was named a Distinguished Artist Professor of Music. Together with saxophonist, John Sampen, she has premiered, recorded and presented hundreds of works by living composers both in the United States and abroad.

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1 ...AND THEY SHALL INHERIT (1992)
saxophone ensemble
saxophones SSAATTBB

2 AMISH (1989)

3 ARCTIC DESERT (1979)
fl (dbl picc), ob, cl, bsn, hrn, pno (dbl celesta), harp, perc, 2 vlns, vla, vc, cb

4 Avanti! (2012)
alto saxophone, piano

5 Avanti! (2019)
alto saxophone and piano

6 CARITAS FOR ALTO SAXOPHONE AND PIANO (2008)
alto sax, piano

7 CHANT (1998)
fl (picc, afl), ob, cl, bsn, hrn, trp, trb, pf, hp, perc, str

8 CHILD SONG (1998)
2-PART TREBLE VOICES AND STANDARD ORFF INSTRUMENTATION (RECORDERS, BARRED INSTRUMENTS, PERCUSSION)

9 CONCERTO FOR ALTO SAXOPHONE AND WIND ENSEMBLE (1994)
alto saxophone, wind ensemble

10 CONTINUUM (POSTSCRIPT '97) (1997)
ALTO SAXOPHONE, PIANO

11 DRIFTING OVER A RED PLACE (1982)
cl, echo, slides, dancer

12 energy flows nervously . . . in serach of stillness (2015)
saxophone quartet (SATB)

14 ENUMA ELISH (1980)
mechanical action organ

15 ESSAY FOR SOLO SAXOPHONE AND BAND (2011)
Solo Alto and Soprano Saxophones; Fl 1,2; Bb clar 1,2,3; Bb bass clar; Eb alto sax 1,2; Bb tenor sax; Eb baritone sax/ Bb trp 1,2; Horn 1,2; Trombone 1,2; Euphonium; Tuba/ Timpani; 4 Percussion

17 The Face of Water (2014)
4 tpt (Bb), 4hn, 3tbn, euph, tba, timp, perc(2)

18 FLIGHT (1995)
alto saxophone & symphonic band

19 FOUR CHORALE PRELUDES (1996)
org

20 FOUR MEDITATIONS: TO A MOTHER AND HER FIRSTBORN (1975)
sop, chamber ensemble

21 GENESIS: NOTES TO THE UNBORN (1975)
orchestra

22 A GIFT OF MEMORIES (1992)
chamber orchestra

23 HOW LOVELY IS YOUR DWELLING PLACE (1999)
SATB choir, org

24 I WANDERED LONELY AS A CLOUD (1989)
SATB choir

25 INFINITY (1981)
band:3/pic-2-5-5sax-2-cbsn,4-3-3-1, cel,pf,hp,4perc,cb

26 INTERIOR SPACES (1987)
cb, pf

27 INTERIOR SPACES (rev. 2003) (2003)
tb, pf

28 INTO LIGHT (1994)
for orchestra

29 INVOCATION, ANTIPHONS, AND PSALMS (1977)
solo perc

30 LA CHANSON DE PRINTEMPS (1999)
string orchestra

31 LA FOLIA II: LACUNA (2010)
piano

32 Libro d'Ore (Book of Hours) (2014)
solo violin, orch: pic, 2fl, 2ob, 2cl, bscl, 2bsn, 2hn, 2tpt, 2tbn, tba, timp, perc(2), str

33 LINES FROM TENNYSON (1984)
SATB chorus, 4 fl, perc

34 Litanies (version for 2 sop sax, pf) (2012)
2 soprano saxophones, piano

35 LITANIES FOR FLUTE, OBOE, AND PIANO (2008)
fl, ob, pno

36 MASKS (1982)
saxophone quartet

37 MATINS FOR SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE (2007)
3 fl, 3 ob, 1 Ebcl, 3 Bb cl, Eb sopranino sax, 3 Bb soprano sax or 1 Bb soprano sax, 3 Eb alto sax, 4 C trumpets, 1 keyboardist playing piano and celesta, 6 percussion onstage, 8 or more playing offstage percussion

38 MEMORIE DI LUOGHI (2001)
vln, pf

39 MEMORIES OF A PLACE (2002)
solo alto saxophone & string orchestra

41 NOTTURNO: IN MEMORIUM TORU TAKEMITSU (1996)
sax, vln, pf

42 ODYSSEY--FLIGHTS OF THE IMAGINATION (1984)
brass quintet

43 PASSAGE OF YEARS (1987)
orchestra

44 PERFECT TIMING (1988)
solo hp

45 PORTRAITS (2001)
pf

46 PSLAMS FOR DAVID (1983)
orchestra

47 QUARTET FOR SAXOPHONES (1972)
sax quartet

48 QUIET HEARTS: A KADDISH (2017)
Alto Saxophone

49 RAINING GLASS (2002)
vln, vc, pf

50 RENEWING THE MYTH (1988)
alto saxophone, pf

51 REVELS (2003)
orchestra

52 RIVER SONG (2010)
alto sax

53 SEVEN BAGATELLES (1997)
2 pf

54 SHADOWS AND DAWNING (1982)
ssx, pf

55 SILENT NIGHT (1991)
SATB choir

56 SIX PIECES FOR PIANO (1972)
pf

57 SLAPSHOT (1999)
pf

58 SOLIDARNOSC (1982)
pf

59 SONGS OF PRAISE (1995)
sop, pf

60 SOTTO VOCE (2012)
violin, cello, piano

61 SPLINTERED VISIONS (1985)
chamber ensemble

62 TRANSPARENT EYES (2000)
fl, sax, 2 pf

63 TROPE (2007)
any number of instruments, must have a range of F#3 to A#4

64 A VIRTUAL REALITY (2003)
orchestra

65 VISIONS IN METAPHOR for alto saxophone (1996)
alto saxophone

68 WITHIN SILENCE (2012)
violin, alto saxophone, piano

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