Composer: Shapiro, Alex

Publisher: Alex Shapiro

Edition: AS08


for Contrabassoon and Pre-Recorded Audio
by Alex Shapiro (b. 1962)-American composer


I want truth and nakedness in my music; I want honesty. I want the listener to feel my heart and have their own stirred by what I offer in sound. Deep was commissioned by Carolyn Beck, who has been the inspiration for much of my bassoon music. I was touched by her excitement when a gorgeous new contrabassoon, affectionately called Moby, came into her life. Listening to the profound resonance of the tones the two made together returned me to the depths of the translucent sea that enveloped my body on a recent visit to Belize. The lower I sank, the more beauty greeted my eyes. The flat color of the surface has hidden the truth below. 

Sometime I make the mistake of believing that I'm not being unless I'm doing and moving. The piece was my challenge to myself to be still and present. And in doing so, I've never been as much before. Like the sea, my truth lies below, and I am happiest when I am immersed. Inhale. Exhale. 

Duration: 7:30

Set includes the printed contrabassoon solo. The audio track may be downloaded online- instructions are provided.