Love Songs by Jenni Brandon is performed by Amanda Mara-Rizzotto at 5PM PDT on March 27, 2021 in a YouTube live stream concert (link: https://bit.ly/3fdEZ35) from the University of Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154-5025, Telephone: (702) 895-3332. Email: email@example.com. This concert is a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA ) Voice Chamber Recital.
The concert features the works of Jenni Brandon, Gustav Holst, Jacques Ibert, Kris Rizzotto, Ralph Vaughan Williams.
The recital will be divided into two parts: YouTube live-stream (link: https://bit.ly/3fdEZ35) and two pre-recorded videos. The videos are in a playlist named DMA Voice Chamber Recital March 2021 – YouTube.
Love Songs for Soprano and Oboe: Jenni states “I have chosen this collection of texts to tell a story of the Native American woman – a story that she might tell her child while she rocked the child to sleep. We begin with a lullaby (partially borrowed from a Chippewa lullaby) sung gently to a child, and then she begins to tell the story of herself. In “Song of Basket-Weaving” she asks the Cedar tree (mother) to prepare her for love, for bearing children, and for becoming a woman. In “Song of the Blue-Corn Dance she works with other women to harvest the corn. Falling in love, she sings a slightly giddy song “Oh I Am Thinking” which evolves into a strong and steadfast song in “Love Song from the Andes”. Then her lover comes to her in “Love Song”, but it is not too long after that he leaves her for Sault St. Marie in Michigan, never to return again (I interpret this as death – he’s gone away, maybe to fight, or to hunt, but he will never return to his lover). We assume at this point in the story that the child she sings to is their child, and she is telling the story of their love. The story ends how it begins, with the woman back in the present, continuing to sing a lullaby to her child as life goes on, without her love by her side.
It is a story that I feel can be universally understood, but points to the strength of not only the Native American woman, but to the strength of all women to persevere, to raise children and to keep community strong against all odds. It is a “love song” in that it goes beyond just romantic love but tells of love for a child and love of the land. The work may be performed as a whole, or individual movements may be chosen for a shorter performance”.
This work was commissioned and premiered by Aryn Day Sweeney, oboist and Assistant Professor of Music Performance at Ball State University with funding provided by the Indiana Arts Commission in 2014. It was premiered at Ball State University by Aryn Day Sweeney-oboe and Yoko Shimazaki-Kilburn-soprano in March 2014.
Recordings of Love Songs
This a recording of the premiere of Love Songs for soprano and oboe with Aryn and Yoko
Note: To see the text for the seven (VII) movements, go to the end of the web page for Love Songs.