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They're Alive!

by Washington Square Winds

Music for woodwind quintet by exclusively living composers
Genre: Classical: Woodwind Quintet
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sums of Parts
5:46 $0.99
2. A Better Collapse
2:43 $0.99
3. Monograph
6:58 $0.99
4. The People's Park: I. Prelude - Sapokanikan ("Tobacco Field")
5:10 $0.99
5. The People's Park: Interlude I
0:26 $0.99
6. The People's Park: II. Birth of a Park
2:42 $0.99
7. The People's Park: III. Progress and Protest
3:48 $0.99
8. The People's Park: Interlude II
0:36 $0.99
9. The People's Park: IV. Intermezzo - Parade!
2:36 $0.99
10. The People's Park: V. Beatniks and Beyond
6:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Washington Square Winds, a New York-based woodwind quintet, was formed in 2009 by five classically trained musicians passionate about chamber music. Its mission is to seek out, perform, and commission new works, expanding the wind quintet repertoire. The ensemble strives to collaborate with composers of the present generation and cultivate appreciation for contemporary classical music in our communities.

This is exactly what we hoped to accomplish with our THEY'RE ALIVE! album. Our first professional album, THEY'RE ALIVE! features works by four living composers, all very diverse in sound and structure. The pieces were composed within the past three years and two were written just for us.

In its original series also called “THEY’RE ALIVE!,” dedicated to showcasing new works written exclusively by living composers, Washington Square Winds provides opportunities for composers to hear their own music performed live and exposes audiences to music composed during their lifetime. Premieres have included Rex Isenberg’s The People’s Park and Enrico Arcaro’s Monograph, which were composed specifically for the ensemble, as well as Charley Gerard’s Hangin’ Out, Max Orland’s Dogfight, Nicholas Hall’s Whirlwind, and Dean Rosenthal’s I Think So, Too, which he arranged for the ensemble.

In addition to focusing on compositions and composers from their generation, Washington Square Winds takes an active role in working with the next generation of musicians. In the 2011/2012 academic year, the ensemble volunteered as the Woodwind Quintet in Residence at the Third Street Music School Settlement, where they attended weekly Orchestra rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances, acting as mentors and role models for the students. The quintet also recently co-created an interactive children’s show based on Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, which includes a puppeteer, narrator, and costumes for the musicians.

After a competitive audition process, Washington Square Winds was chosen to become part of “Music Under New York (MUNY),” a select group of ensembles given the privilege to perform in the city’s subway systems. They play in stations such as Grand Central, Times Square, Columbus Circle, and Penn Station, hoping to reach as many people as possible with their love of chamber music. The quintet has performed at various venues in New York City, such as Spectrum, Caffé Vivaldi, Cornelia Street Café, The New Museum, Lenox Hill Settlement House, LIC Bar, and Googie’s Lounge above The Living Room, as well as in New Jersey and Long Island, but their favorite place to perform is in their namesake, Washington Square Park.



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