Jenni Brandon’s Double Concerto For Oboe, Bassoon (Cello), Piano And Percussion is performed by the Naperville Chamber Players at the Guarneri Hall in downtown Chicago on March 29, 2019 at 7:30 PM. The performance is part of the New Music Chicago Organization Presents Impromptu Fest.
Impromptu Fest, March 21 – 31, 2019, is a series of 8 concerts, showcasing members of New Music Chicago. Now in its second year, Impromptu Fest is a platform to hear all that is going on with our members, from freshly composed acoustic music, to works with electronics and film, all by performers based in the Chicago area.
Double Concerto For Oboe, Bassoon (Cello), Piano And Percussion is a piece that tells the story of our Galaxy, of the great unknown and what lies beyond, and where we belong within this vastness of space. The soloists and the ensemble paint a picture of this great mystery of the universe, taking us on a journey through the Spiral Galaxy, the Milky Way, and onto our own arm in the galaxy, the Orion Spur, where we dance the waltz of the Blue Planet. Being pulled toward the Supermassive Black hole, the djembe lends a rhythmic background of mystery to this journey. The bassoon, then joined by the solo oboe, begins to tell us a story of Dark Matter, “…an elementary particle that pervades the universe.” We then travel to the place where stars are born in “The Orion Nebula,” quoting Carl Sagen from his book Cosmos that, “we are made of star-stuff.” Finally, we begin to leave the Orion Nebula to continue our journey again through the spiral galaxy, exploring the vastness of space as thematic material returns to carry us on this ever-continuing journey of exploration.
It was an honor to write this work for Scott Pool and to have him premiere it with Rogene Russell on oboe and the University of Texas at Arlington Wind Symphony under the direction of Doug Stotter in February 2013. It is a thrill to have the European premiere of this work given by the Banda Simfònica Municipal de Madrid under the direction of Rafael Sanz–Espert with Víctor M. Ánchel, oboe and Enrique Abargues, bassoon.
This work is in one movement and is approximately 18 minutes.
I. The Spiral Galaxy
II. Travelling through the Milky Way
III. The Orion Spur: The Blue Planet Waltz
IV. Supermassive Black Hole: Falling into the abyss…
V. Dark Matter: “…an elementary particle that pervades the universe
VI. The Orion Nebula: “We are made of star-stuff.” …Flying through the Spiral Galaxy
Version for Oboe, Bassoon, piano, and optional percussion also available double concerto for oboe bassoon wind symphony sheet music