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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12 ENUMA ELISH (1980)
mechanical action organ

13 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

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

16 FLIGHT (1995)
alto saxophone & symphonic band

17 FOUR CHORALE PRELUDES (1996)
org

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

19 GENESIS: NOTES TO THE UNBORN (1975)
orchestra

20 A GIFT OF MEMORIES (1992)
chamber orchestra

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

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

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

24 INTERIOR SPACES (1987)
cb, pf

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

26 INTO LIGHT (1994)
for orchestra

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

28 LA CHANSON DE PRINTEMPS (1999)
string orchestra

29 LA FOLIA II: LACUNA (2010)
piano

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

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

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

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

34 MASKS (1982)
saxophone quartet

35 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

36 MEMORIE DI LUOGHI (2001)
vln, pf

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

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

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

41 PASSAGE OF YEARS (1987)
orchestra

42 PERFECT TIMING (1988)
solo hp

43 PORTRAITS (2001)
pf

44 PSLAMS FOR DAVID (1983)
orchestra

45 QUARTET FOR SAXOPHONES (1972)
sax quartet

46 QUIET HEARTS: A KADDISH (2017)
Alto Saxophone

47 RAINING GLASS (2002)
vln, vc, pf

48 RENEWING THE MYTH (1988)
alto saxophone, pf

49 REVELS (2003)
orchestra

50 RIVER SONG (2010)
alto sax

51 SEVEN BAGATELLES (1997)
2 pf

52 SHADOWS AND DAWNING (1982)
ssx, pf

53 SILENT NIGHT (1991)
SATB choir

54 SIX PIECES FOR PIANO (1972)
pf

55 SLAPSHOT (1999)
pf

56 SOLIDARNOSC (1982)
pf

57 SONGS OF PRAISE (1995)
sop, pf

58 SOTTO VOCE (2012)
violin, cello, piano

59 SPLINTERED VISIONS (1985)
chamber ensemble

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

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

62 A VIRTUAL REALITY (2003)
orchestra

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

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

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