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Music by Pamela J. Marshall


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updated 2/2009

Read about the most recent projects


South Beach Chamber Ensemble
Quinteto sobre las poemas de Carlos Pintado is ready for its premiere in May 2009.

The Future of Life
For the Mastersingers of Lexington. The composing occupied my summer, finished in time for the first September rehearsal with the concert October 28 2007. The words, by scientist Dr. Edward O. Wilson and poets Anne Baring and Judy Grahn, are a statement on the significance of biodiversity.

Art-Poem-Music: Body and Soul
My collaboration with artist Sirarpi Heghinian Walzer and poet Elizabeth Kirschner continues. Volume 1 is six songs for mezzo and string trio; Vol. 2 is 3 songs for soprano, flute, cello, piano. There are 22 poems in total, so I've got three or four volumes to go. Body and Soul Vol.2 was performed in Concord, MA on Feb 29, 2008.


Play Book
A collection of pieces written for the students of Carroll Ann Bottino, plus compositions by some of the students. It's a result of a three-part workshop we did together this spring on improvising and composing. Colorful pieces, from easy to challenging. Available this winter.

Spindrift Commissioning Guild project update  
Enchanted - When I finish a version with piano accompaniment, this fall, this solo for oboe and chamber orchestra will be published.

Spindrift Commissioning Guild project update  
Black Bear Dance - This piece is available for horns and drums, and I will be making an adaptation for clarinet ensemble for Charles Learoyd's clarinet choir.

Off topic, but perhaps of interest. David Emerson and Pamela Marshall presented their first photography exhibition "Impressions of India" in September 2006 at Cary Library in Lexington, MA. Take a look at Honeycreeper Images.

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music titles & recordings

2009: Recording: Summer Into Winter on Beauport CD Ghosts. Available from Spindrift, Amazon, CDBaby, Beauport Classical.

2008: Recording: Elusive Sleep available on a Just in Time Composers reunion CD from Living Artists. Get it from Spindrift, Amazon, CDBaby.

2007: New publications: The Future of Life for chorus, trombone, piano; Enchanted for oboe and chamber orchestra; Black Bear Dance for horns and drums; "wild horn whose voice the woodland fills" for horns;

2006: Recording: ERMMedia releases CD Holidays for the New Era Vol.1, which includes Windshine, recorded by Chamber Choir KYIV.

2005: Recording: Enigmatica mandolin ensemble records Blue-Gold Variations, last movement of Loosely Blue, on their CD

June 2005:New publications: Wordless Prayer for organ, edited by Carson P. Cooman, is available.

June 2005:New publications: Echoes of Golden Brass for 8 horns and organ and Loosely Blue for mandolin ensemble are now available.

2004: Recordings: Listen to recordings of the composer playing piano pieces Daydream, Wordless Prayer and Imagine That Time Stops

July 2004:New publications Through the Mist for orchestra and Traditional Christmas, an arrangement of 7 familiar carols for treble chorus and orchestra are available. You can download audio excerpts or request a demo CD. Wordless Prayer for SATB or SSAA is also released.

February 2004:New publication: Truth Becoming for string quartet is now available. There is a MIDI demo and an MP3 excerpt of the first performance.

January 2004:New publication: Elusive Sleep for cello and piano is available. Claim the piece for your recital!

January 2004: New publication:Through the Mist for flute, violin and guitar is released in a revised version with meter changes simplified.

November 2002:New publications: New music for piano is available for the intermediate and advanced player. See the Catalog.

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Note: For information on both published and unpublished titles, see the Music Catalog. For current events, see the Calendar.


Events 2010 Details


Improv Classes
Sep 24 2009 5:30pm - free intro session Lexington Music School; Thursdays at 5:30 at Lexington Music School

South Beach Up North
Northern premiere of Quinteto sobre las poemas de Carlos Pintado - Aug 2 2009 Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI

Feminist Theory and Music 10: Improvising and Galvanizing, University of North Carolina, Greensboro School of Music, Wednesday, May 27-31, 2009

May 27 2009 at 8pm Body and Soul Vol. 2 with Jodi Hitzhusen, soprano

South Beach Chamber Ensemble - Music in Beautiful Spaces - Premiere of Quinteto sobre las poemas de Carlos Pintado
May 17 2009 Miami Beach Botanical Garden
May 19 Any Gato Gallery, Barry University, Miami, FL
May 20 The Santuary at ArtSouth, Homestead, FL

Rivers School Conservatory
Seminar on Contemporary Music
for the Young
May 3 2009 Never Say Nevermore for horn and piano, with improvisation
May 1 Sunrise on the Hills played by Dan Shaud, horn

Classical Improv Circle, Lexington, MA
Sundays March 8, March 29, April 26 2009


Events 2008 Details

June 6 2008 Esprit de Cor plays Among Friends as a double horn quartet.

May 24 2008 Beauport Chamber Players: Patricia Yee plays "I Am the Wind", winner of their call for scores.

May 16 2008 Art-Poem-Music project presents Body and Soul Volume 2 at First Parish in Lexington

April 5 2008 Master Singers Children's Concert Animal theme: "The Bee-Song" from The Future of Life.

February 29 2008 Art-Poem-Music concert in Concord. Songs from Body and Soul. Jodi Hitzhusen, soprano.

January 11 2008 Poetry-Inspired Music at Depot Square Gallery


October 28 2007 Master Singers of Lexington premiere The Future of Life.

June 2007 Students at Pacem, Carroll Ann Bottino's Lexington piano studio, perform the Play Book compositions dedicated to them at their end-of-season workshop.

April 29 & May 4 2007 Green Mountain Youth Symphony premieres Triptoe Suite in its orchestra version.

February 2007 South Beach Chamber Ensemble plays Truth Becoming in Miami, FL.

February & March 2007 Art-Poem-Music project at the Depot Square Gallery in Lexington, MA and the Andover-Newton Theological School in Newton, MA.


December 2006 Several performances of Traditional Christmas.

August 11 2006 noon The Concord Ensemble premieres Enchanted for oboe and chamber orchestra on the First Parish Summer Series. The concert was repeated in September as a benefit for the Concord Orchestra. (guild project)

June 2 2006 noon Esprit de Cor premieres Black Bear Dance for horns and drumming group on the First Parish Summer Series (guild project)

April 1 2006 Rivers Music School Brass Quartet, coached by Dan Shaud, premieres Among Friends for trumpet, 2 horns, and euphonium at the Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young.

March 19 2006 Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Robert Eaton, Music Director, premieres Weaving the World. Sunday 3:30pm St. Marks School, Southboro, MA


June 2005 Esprit de Cor premieres "wild horn whose voice the woodland fills" on the First Parish Summer Series in Lexington, MA.

April 2005 Lexington Music Club members perform Triptoe Suite for violin and piano and Ariel's Songs for soprano and piano.

March 2005 Spindrift Woodwind Quintet plays a program at the Depot Square Gallery in Lexington, MA that includes Elements and music by fellow Lexington resident Hayg Boyadjian, as well as music by Amy Cheney Beach, Debussy and Handel.


December 2004 The Haddonfield Symphony in New Jersey performs Traditional Christmas.

December 2004 The Concord Orchestra premieres Traditional Christmas for children's chorus and orchestra on their family concert, rescheduled from the snowed-out concert in 2003.

June 2004 Esprit de Cor premieres Echoes of Golden Brass for eight horns and organ on the First Parish Summer Series in Lexington, MA.

June 2004 Enigmatica plays Loosely Blue again at St. George's Episcopal Church in Maynard, MA. They recorded the last movement Blue-Gold Variations on their Uncommon Strings CD and performed it at their CD release concert at AmGuSS in Bristol, RI.

May 2004 Valerie Anastasio, soprano and Karen Sauer, piano performs Ariel's Songs on the Just In Time spring concerts in Watertown and Lexington, MA. The songs's texts are from Shakespeare's The Tempest.

March 2004 Enigmatica, an ensemble of mandolins, mandolas and a mandocello, premieres Loosely Blue in three movements, at the Depot Square Gallery in Lexington, MA.

Note: For information on published titles, see the Catalog. The most recently premiered music is not published yet.

2003 and earlier

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website changes

February 2012: Web site redesign, with better-organized information, accessed by clearer dropdown menus. More complete list of works and many more PDF scores for perusal.

March 2008: Web site redesign, with better layout, new colors, and more organized information about projects, more music resource links

November 2006: Unpublished but premiered pieces, particularly guild projects, now have a listing in the catalog, even though the music isn't available yet. Contact Spindrift to let us know you're interested in an not-yet-released title.

January 2005: Paypal supports payment by credit card without requiring a Paypal account.

November 2003: Shop at Spindrift with the new Paypal shopping cart! You can buy more than one title in a single transaction and shipping charges will be applied correctly based on the amount of your purchase. No shipping charges for PDF downloads, as always.

March 2003: Spindrift publishes two articles for the horn player: Recent Chamber Music for Horn and Free Improvisation for Horn and there are more music links.

April 2001: Reorganization of Spindrift's web offerings. Most free scores are no longer enabled for printing. Please support creation of new music by ordering printable PDF files or printed scores!

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Just In Time Composers and Players has its own URL: www.justintimecomposers.org. JIT is no longer presenting concerts, but you can read about its past seasons.

The Moreover news stories about classical music and opera are no longer available.

Nightingale is available from Adept Music Notation Solutions. Contact them about purchasing.

The area code for Spindrift Music changed in 1999. The number is 781-862-0884.

Our zip code in Lexington, MA is now 02420.

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