2009 – for Jazz Septet (50:00)

INSTRUMENTATION

Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet in Bb, Trombone, Piano, Bass, Drum Set


PERUSAL MATERIALS

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Movement I: Blood

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Movement II: Frogs

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Movement III: Lice

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Movement IV: Beasts

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Movement V: Pestilence

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Movement VI: Boils

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Movement VII: Flaming Hail

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Movement VIII: Locusts

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Movement IX: Darkness

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Movement X: Death of the First-born

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NOTES

“The Ten Plagues,” along with its accompanying scholarly introduction, constituted my senior undergraduate thesis at Harvard. Looking to other long-form jazz suites by artists such as Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Wynton Marsalis, I chose to set the story of the Exodus from the Old Testament, with each plague comprising one movement of the suite.

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PERFORMANCES

May 2009
Paine Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Quinn Carson, Russell Macklem, Malcolm Campbell, and the Harvard Jazz Collective; Michael Schachter, conductor


HONORS

Winner of the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for top undergraduate theses at Harvard

Honorable Mention: 2011 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards

Honorable Mention: 2011 New York Youth Symphony Jazz Awards


Copyright 2013-17 by Michael Schachter. michael.schachter [at] gmail.com