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The Miracle of the Walking Fish

for baritone voice and guitar, texts by Jackson Bliss

PDF Instant Download: Score and Parts


cover of a music score titled, Jupiter. dark starry background with image of the planet Jupiter

I wrote Fossil Light for an orchestration workshop in graduate school back in 2010-11.  The title was inspired by a line in a book where the author referred to starlight as "Fossil Light." Each movement depicts a different viewpoint of the light: the bold, intense sight at the source of the star, the faint, ages-old dots we see in the sky, and the traveling of the light particles in between.  ​Though score and parts are unfortunately unavailable, I'm always up for a commission! Please send me a note if you would be interested in collaborating! 

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About the Work


I completed Steps for tenor saxophone and wind ensemble in 2015.  At that point in time, Steps was the second movement of a two-movement work, That Takes Care 'a That (silly name for a dissertation!). Since then, I have decided to turn it into a stand-alone piece.  Below, you'll find the original score and sample recordings. Though revisiting a work that is a few years old can be a daunting task for a composer, there are some moments in Steps that I'm truly excited about developing more.  My goal is to complete the work by 2025. ​


Are you a saxophonist, conductor, or member of an ensemble that would be interested in being part of the process and premiere? Or, would you simply like to be among the first to know when the score and parts are available? Please let me know by filling out the form below.  I'm open to putting together a consortium, and I would much appreciate any help or feedback. 

Send me a note to be part of the process/premiere or to be the first to know when the score is available!

Thanks for your interest in Steps! Can't wait to wrap it up! Cheers - Laura

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Thanks for your interest in Road Through the Expanse! Can't wait to wrap it up! Cheers - Laura


Synthesized Recordings 

Steps - Synthesized - Excerpt1Laura M. Kramer
00:00 / 03:04
Steps - Synthesized - Excerpt2Laura M. Kramer
00:00 / 03:10


Program Note

The Miracle of the Walking Fish is a story about the transformation of Love, centering on a boy who leaves Todos Santos, a town in Baja California full of artisans, artists, even expats from North America, to find his father in California.  But instead of finding his dad, the boy meets a Peruvian girl in Los Feliz, and falls in love with her.  Together they take a bus to Santa Monica, connect to each of their homelands on the beach, and then they throw the boy's twin stones back in to the Pacific Ocean.  This is the beginning of their new life together as two Americans living in a city of new beginnings.

The Miracle of the Walking Fish evolved from the Writer and Composer course at USC, co-taught by professors Frank Ticheli and David St. John.  Two of the songs were performed during the spring of 2010, and both Jackson Bliss (graduate writing student) and Laura Kramer (graduate composition student) continued to collaborate after the conclusion of the course.  A total of twelve songs and four guitar interludes were completed in full by the summer of 2011, and the work was premiered on September 24, 2011.

The Miracle of the Walking Fish was awarded a 2012 BMI Student Composer Award.

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