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“Colored Stones”, by Jenni Brandon, Performed by Yen-Chen Wu

April 15, 2021

“Colored Stones”, by Jenni Brandon, performed by Yen-Chen Wu of Stony Brook University, State University of New York on April 15, 2021. The complete recital program can be viewed on YouTube and is shown as follows:

Yen-Chen Wu, bassoon recital

Premiered Apr 15, 2021

Stony Brook Music Department

Pianist: Gabrielle Chou

Flute: Leo Sussman

Oboe: Tamara Winston

Horn: Wilden Dannenberg

Clarinet: Yasmina Spiegelberg

Colored Stones for Solo Bassoon by Jenni Brandon (2014)

Prayer on the Seashore, Op.121 by Kondo Kohei (2011)

Whale Fall for Solo Bassoon by Ju-Yun Hung (2021)

Legend of the Sea for Solo Bassoon by XinYan Li (2007)

Spring Fever for Bassoon and Piano by Cindi Hsu (2017)

The Waterwheel Suite for Woodwind Quintet by Moira Lo Bianco (2021)

De Memorias for Woodwind Quintet by Tania Leon (2000)

Colored Stones for solo bassoon tells the story of three stones: smoky quartz, lapis lazuli, and tiger’s eye. Some cultures and spiritual practices believe these stones have powerful qualities such as the ability to heal, protect, and offer spiritual guidance. The bassoon explores these beautiful stones’ unique qualities.

Smoky Quartz  – An incredibly grounding stone, this smoky brown stone transforms and diffuses negative energy. The bassoon changes from a sense of grounding to playfulness, exploring this balance of energy. In the end, it always finds its way back to telling the story of the grounding quality of the stone.

Lapis Lazuli –– Prized for its colors, this deep blue stone was used by kings and queens in paintings and ceremonial robes. Believed to help foster truthful expression and communication, it supports the immune system and brings peace. The bassoon explores the luxurious blue color, mixing in flashes of gold found in the stone.

Tiger’s Eye – Tiger’s eye, a golden brown to deep red stone, is very grounding and can bring luck and ward off evil. The bassoon is sometimes “protective and seeing,” moving quickly to remove the look of the “evil eye” and other times moving dreamily through an ancient landscape of protective energy.

It was an honor to be chosen as the winner of the 2014 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition and to have this work premiered by Susan Nelson.

This work is available for purchase through Imagine Music Publishing.

Sheet music.is also available from Jenni’s website at Colored Stones for solo bassoon.