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Jenni Brandon’s Goldfish Songs for Solo Flute, Third Movement Performed by Michelle Matsumune.

October 23, 2020

Jenni Brandon’s  Goldfish Songs for solo flute, third movement, performed by Michelle Matsumune and posted to You Tube on October 23, 2020. Flutist Michelle Matsumune is a fourth generation Californian and an avid chamber music performer. She resides in the Los Angeles area and currently performs as a soloist as well as freelance flutist with other groups throughout Southern California. Michelle has concertized regularly with the woodwind trio Ceora Winds.

Michelle studied flute with Peter Lloyd at Indiana University as an undergraduate and later received her MFA at California Institute of the Arts with Rachel Rudich. She acted as Woodwind Coach for the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra for 15 years, and is currently the Flute Coach for Upland High School, flute instructor at the Claremont Community School of Music, and maintains a private teaching studio.

Goldfish Songs was written at the request of flutist Danielle Hundley, a member of the Cincinnati new music ensemble Conundrum. She has always loved fancy goldfish (and in fact movement three is named after her Ryukin goldfish Bela and imagined a work for flute about some of these beautiful fish. We collaborated on this project to create four short, descriptive movements about a select variety of fancy goldfish, choosing these particular goldfish because of their unique attributes.

Pearlscale: A flash in the sunlight

The Pearlscale Goldfish is a variety characterized by pearl‐like nodules on the surface of its scales. As he swims, his scales pick up reflections of sunlight, creating a creature that shines and shimmers like a jewel under the water.

Celestial: Looking heavenward

The Celestial Goldfish has a very unique feature—its eyes are positioned atop its head. This gives this goldfish the look of praying or looking towards the heavens. This prayer-like quality is reflected in the ghostly harmonics played by the flute in this movement.

Ryukin: “Bela*

The Ryukin is an extremely agile goldfish variety. Its stout belly and well‐formed fins make it an excellent swimmer, and this movement is fast and furious like these little swimmers.

Lionhead: The Gentle Giant

The Lionhead is known as the “puppy‐dog” of goldfish; this slow moving giant is infamous for becoming tame enough to eat out of your hand.  In this movement for alto flute the Lionhead swims gently through the water, singing a peaceful song.*Performed by Greg Milliren On the CD “Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano