PRE-ORDER CANE: Bassoon Concerto with Reed Quintet!

CANE: Bassoon Concerto with Reed Quintet by Jenni Brandon

SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE FEBRUARY 3-17 FOR $65 plus shipping (Regular price $80)

Score will be shipped last week of February and available for programming beginning March 1st, 2020

Be among the first ensembles to program and perform this work!


Solo Bassoon
Clarinet in B-flat
Alto Saxophone
Bass Clarinet

Two equal pieces of cane, played like claves (5 sets)
Sanding blocks with sand paper (3 sets)

Approximate duration: 24 minutes



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Co-commissioned by Dr. Christin Schillinger and the Akropolis Reed Quintet

The first concerto of its kind, Cane tells a dramatic story of one bassoon reed’s journey from its origins as raw, organic cane, to the final joy of playing on the finished reed. The colors of the reed quintet and the virtuosic solo bassoon intermingle in this through-composed piece to take the listener through this vivid experience. Rhythm, lyrical lines, extended techniques, Afro-Cuban style music, jazz and fugue join together to remind us that this is an organic process. From making reeds to making music, we come together to create performance. Ever changing and ever evolving, every reed and every performance is unique, and Cane promises to tell this story in a powerful and exciting new way.

There are several sections in this through-composed work, taking us on a journey that is the life of a bassoon reed:

  1. Split: Short and percussive, like splitting cane
  2. Gouge: Rhythmic, steady and driving. Removing and leaving….
  3. Shape
  4. Profile: Mechanical, with a little bit of mischief
  5. Form: The can becomes a reed (Internal/external sounds of transition)
  6. Scrape: In the style of Afro-Cuban music
  7. Playing the reed: Swing, sassy; thoughtful, reflective; with reverence; the reed plays…


Clips from performances of CANE – more coming soon!

Performance by the Limitless Collective – 2019 International Double Reed Society Conference
Tampa, Florida

Performance by Akropolis Quintet with Monica Ellis, bassoon soloist
Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival
Mannes School of Music, The New School
New York City
July 20, 2019

Premiere Performances include:

Ithaca College Women in Music Festival, March 8, 2019 – The Limitless Collective





International Double Reed Society Conference
University of South Florida – July 2019 – The Limitless Collective




Imani Winds Festival – Mannes School of Music –
The New School – Monica Ellis, bassoon solo and
Akropolis Reed Quintet – July 20th, 2019
Mannes School of Music – The New School
New York City