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"For sheer beauty and emotional richness, it would be hard to top Gerald Shapiro's "Change and End," a duet for clarinet and cello written in memory of the composer's mother. . . six short character pieces, all of them marked by graceful phrasing, a close weave of instrumental voices and a Brahmsian air of autumnal reflection."

- Joshua Cosman, SF Chronicle

 

 

My name is Gerald Mark Shapiro. I am usually called Shep. I am a composer of concert music for voices and instruments and, as of July 2014, Professor Emeritus of Music at Brown University. Although I am retiring from teaching, I will continue to be active as a composer. Recent premieres of my music have been given by the French new music group, Ensemble Zellig - Change and End for clarinet and cello, and Variations for clarinet, cello and piano, both played exquisitely by Etienne Lamaison, clarinet, Silvia Lenzi, cello, and Jonas Vitaud, piano. Other premieres of note in the last few years have included a Toccata for flute, harp, piano and string orchestra by the Iceland Philharmonic Orchestra, and its first movement, re-orchestrated as r(EVOLV)e for orchestra, by the Brown University Orchestra; a Trio for clarinet, cello and piano, by Ensemble Zellig; the Quartet for Saxophones, by the US Coast Guard Saxophone Quartet; and Twelve Fugues for piano by Neely Bruce. You will find recordings and scores for these and other pieces on this website. Aside from a few saxophone pieces published by Billaudot in Paris, I am the publisher of my music, and will be glad to provide performance materials as required. Please be in touch if you are interested in programming a piece of mine or, better still, in commissioning a new one.

On April 23, 2014, the Music Department at Brown presented a celebratory concert of my music. The players included members of Ensemble Zelig, the Element Saxophone Quartet, and my colleague at Brown, Arlene Cole. The performances were some of the very best of my career. Recordings of the performance and the program notes are HERE.