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Jenni Brandon’s “Double Helix for Bassoon and Piano” Performed by Christin Schillinger

February 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Christin Schillinger performs Jenni Brandon’sDouble Helix for Bassoon and Piano” at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY on February 8, 2020, 7:00 PM at the Hockett Family Recital Hall. Dr. Schillinger accompanist is Dr. Diane Birr, piano. Dr. Schillinger is an Assistant Professor of Performance Studies (Bassoon) at Ithaca College. Previously, she has held positions with Miami University, the University of Nevada, and various orchestras throughout the west. Schillinger received her degrees from Northwestern, Michigan State, and Arizona State Universities.
Dr. Schillinger, bassoonist was hailed as a “soloist, teacher, and force of nature” by The Double Reed (Journal of the International Double Reed Society), she specializes in the accessibility of the avant-garde, aiming to broaden the audience for both new music and bassoon. American Record Guide refers to her playing as “full of life and inspiration”. “She plays [bassoon] with total mastery”. (Fanfare). Schillinger works closely with living composers.
She is a founding member of LIMITLESS Collective: an all-female chamber ensemble re-imagining the performance paradigm as they highlight the works of women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and emerging composers. LIMITLESS Collective appears regularly throughout the United States as performers, speakers, and educators
“Double Helix” for bassoon and piano (bassoon and piano sheet music) was commissioned in 2014 by bassoonist Christin Schillinger to premiere and perform with late Jed Moss on piano. This work is inspired by the sculpture of the same name by Long Beach, California sculptor Susan Hawkins. This sculpture (pictured on the cover of this score) depicts two separate figures dancing around each other, weaving their stories together, but never touching. I loved the idea of using terms that are frequently used to describe dance and began to see the curves and lines and unique topography of these sculptures as fluid and moving. The bassoon and the piano become these two dancers, gracefully moving across a stage to tell the story of this beautiful sculpture.
In “Prelude: Intertwine” the figures dance around each other, one at first (the piano), and then the bassoon joining in, flowing, and weaving in and out of each other. As they move into the “Entrechat” you can hear the fast movement of the feet as the dancer leaps from the floor, crossing and uncrossing the feet in mid-air as represented by the repeated staccato notes throughout this section. After much joyful leaping, the bassoon and piano take turns with solos in “Divertissement: Gentle Beauty”. Leading into the section “Soar” which begins innocuously enough, the dancers slowly begin to climb higher and higher, reaching a climax in this section as the bassoon dazzles with its range and the piano moves deftly from one end of the keyboard to the other. Finally in “Postlude (Epilogue)” the original intertwine theme returns, allowing the dancers to shift and flow gently around each other, gently shifting back into the still image of the sculpture as the sound fades away.
It was a joy to write this work for these talented musicians, who premiered the work on the campus of UCLA, September 21st, 2015. Since its premier, Double Helix has had a number of well received performances.
The CD “Bassoon Unbounded” features Jenni’s work Double Helix for bassoon and piano. This CD was recorded by Christin Schillinger – bassoon and Jed Moss – piano.
Label: MSR Classics


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