2009 – for Jazz Septet (50:00)

INSTRUMENTATION

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


PERUSAL SCORE

The Ten Plagues


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Movement I: Blood [audio:http://www.michaelschachter.com/wp-content/uploads/blood.mp3]
Movement II: Frogs [audio:http://www.michaelschachter.com/wp-content/uploads/frogs.mp3]
Movement III: Lice [audio:http://www.michaelschachter.com/wp-content/uploads/lice.mp3]
Movement IV: Beasts [audio:http://www.michaelschachter.com/wp-content/uploads/wild.mp3]
Movement V: Pestilence [audio:http://www.michaelschachter.com/wp-content/uploads/pestilence.mp3]
Movement VI: Boils [audio:http://www.michaelschachter.com/wp-content/uploads/boils.mp3]
Movement VII: Flaming Hail [audio:http://www.michaelschachter.com/wp-content/uploads/flaming.mp3]
Movement VIII: Locusts [audio:http://www.michaelschachter.com/wp-content/uploads/locusts.mp3]
Movement IX: Darkness [audio:http://www.michaelschachter.com/wp-content/uploads/darkness.mp3]
Movement X: Death of the First-born [audio:http://www.michaelschachter.com/wp-content/uploads/death.mp3]

NOTE

“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 set the story of the Exodus from the Old Testament, with each plague comprising one movement of the suite.

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PREMIERE

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


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