Shore, Clare Website
of West Palm Beach, Florida

Nightwatch for Woodwind Quintet
(Full score) 25' $20.00 #040112 AP-722A
Parts (also available at $5.00 each) $22.50 #040140 AP-722B
Recording: Opus One 132

"...most provocative...highly impressionistic...positively orchestral." (Washington Post)

Commissioned by the Dakota Wind Quintet and dedicated to R.B., the piece was written in 1983. The movement titles are: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. The Washington Post elaborates: "By far the most provocative was Nightwatch, Clare Shore's highly impressionistic evocation of the 12 signs of the zodiac. From its fanfare-like beginning to its quivering, haunting close, the piece covers an immense amount of dramatic territory. Each section reveals a clear structure and mood; at times Shore's layering and highlighting of flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and horn is positively orchestral."

Four Dickinson Songs
for soprano & harpsichord
12' $8.00 #040055 AP-334

"...interesting contrapuntal writing"( NY Times)

Written in 1981-82, the songs to texts by Emily Dickinson have the following titles: With a Flower, I'm Nobody, Summer Shower, and I Shall Know Why...


score sample (pdf)

Clare Shore received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1984 from The Juilliard School. While at Juilliard she studied with David Diamond, Vincent Persichetti, and Roger Sessions, and subsequently with Gunther Schuller. Since then, she has received numerous commissions, awards, and grants, including a 1995 Composer Fellowship from the NEA. Critics from the New York Times, New York Post, Boston Globe, Village Voice, and Washington Post hail her music as "provocative" and "immensely dramatic". Joseph McLellan of the Washington Post singled out the premiere of her Suite Discovery as a highlight of the year in 1992, calling the work for flute and string quartet "...unpretentious...ingenious and evocative."

She has taught at Fordham University, Manhattan School of Music, the University of Virginia, and George Mason University, and is currently on the faculty at Palm Beach Atlantic College.

Sisra Publications (the name Arsis Press uses for ASCAP composers) has published her Nightwatch for woodwind quintet and her Four Dickinson Songs. Her music is also recorded on CRS, Owl Recordings, and Opus One. Ms. Shore currently holds an exclusive publishing contract with E.C. Schirmer Music of Boston. Other music is found in the catalogs of Plucked String Editions and Seesaw Music.

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