Jenni Brandon

Chansons de la Nature pour la Clarinette for solo B-flat Clarinet


Chansons de la Nature pour la Clarinette for solo B-flat clarinet is inspired by the images presented in Aesop’s fables.







Chansons de la Nature pour la Clarinette for solo B-flat Clarinet 

Chansons de la Nature pour la Clarinette tells a story about nature as told by the clarinet’s agile voice. The French titles and basis of the pieces were inspired by the lyrical and pastoral quality of the French language and the images it invokes. The piece is also inspired by the images presented in Aesop’s fables (and Jean de la Fontain’s retelling of them); in particular, the movement “Le Lièvre et la Tortue” tells of the slow tortoise beating the fast hare with his patience and determination. Both creatures are represented in this movement, from the plodding of the tortoise to the quick movements of the hare.

The other movements also represent a variety of characters and situations from these famous fables. “Le Poisson” darts, “Le Papillon” flutters and floats, “L’étoile” shimmers in the night sky, nature ‘dances’, and “Le Serpent” is slippery and quick.  Each movement is short, but just long enough to evoke a story and create a ‘song of nature’ for the clarinet.

I. Les Oiseaux
II. Le Poisson
III. Le Papillon
Recording from Jenni’s CD “Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano”
IV. Le Lièvre et La Tortue
V. L’Etoile
VI. Dansez!
VII. Le Serpent


This work was required repertoire for the 2020-2021 International Clarinetist Corona Competition – Classical Category

Performance by Carrie RavenStem of Chansons de la Nature pour la Clarinette during the 2020 Woodwind Fest


More about the International Clarinetist Corona Competition from the organizers:

Artistic Directors Eva Wasserman-MargolisElizabeth Crawford, and Diana Haskell are proud to present The International Clarinetist Corona Competition 2020 (ICCC). Conceived as a support mechanism for professional clarinetists ages 25-40, we believe this virtual competition will provide hope to those who were financially disenfranchised when the world stopped for COVID-19.

ICCC is a true grassroots effort. The Artistic Directors stand in solidarity with our clarinet colleagues around the world. We will donate our time to arranging this virtual competition. There is no registration fee for contestants and no payment for jurors and coordinators. Jurors will include world-renowned artists and educators who agree to participate for no fee.


International Clarinetist Corona Competition:
—offers an incentive to achieve high-performance goals
—encourages wider participation by offering prizes in several genres
—offers tangible and intangible prizes that will further aspirations


ICCC includes three categories: Classical, Jazz, and Klezmer. Competitors will submit an application and a high-quality video recording of music from a list of works decided upon by the jury for each genre.


Required Repertoire for Classical Category–Competition deadline will be sometime in early January 2021.

Jenni Brandon–Chansons de la nature (Movements I, IV, VII)

Paquito D’Rivera-Lecuonierias from The Cape Cod Files, Boosey & Hawkes

Adolphus Hailstork-Three Smiles for Tracey, Presser

Henri Tomasi-Sonatine Attique, Leduc