Spider Suite, by Jenni Brandon, Performed by The Untitled Ensemble In Toronto Ontario

 

Spider Suite Brandon

The Untitled Ensemble of Toronto, Ontario performs Jenni Brandon’s   Spider Suite on July 23, 2021, at 7:30PM ET. This concert, Photosynthesis, is: a livestream event at this Facebook link. The musicians will perform the program at the Heliconian hall in Toronto Ontario, 35 Hazelton Ave. Toronto, Ontario M5R 2E3.

Who is the Untitled Ensemble? They are many and few, a large group, a compressible, expandable, small ensemble; they strive to reach the proportions of an orchestra without ever filling more than 9 seats. A collective, an incubator, a sprouting ground for research with designs on becoming a resource to others. They are united and discrete; they are the Untitled Ensemble.

The program for the concert is:

Reflets by Lili Boulanger

Soprano: Roseline Lambert

Piano: Deborah Grimmett

Of Molluscs by Lauren Bernofsky

Soprano: Roseline Lambert

Oboe: Elizabeth Brown

Suite for Woodwind Trio by Alexandre Tansman

Bassoon: Iraj Tamadon-Nejad

Clarinet: Le Lu

Oboe: Elizabeth Brown

Murderous Melodies by Chris Sivak

Flute: Jaye Marsh

Oboe: Elizabeth Brown

Clarinet: Carlos Vasquez

Viola: Emma Vachon

INTERMISSION

The River of Life by Elizabeth Raum

Piano: Deborah Grimmett

Soprano: Roseline Lambert

Violin: Emma Vachon

Clarinet: Carlos Vasquez

Mock Turtle Soup by Alexis Hählen

Oboe: Elizabeth Brown

Flute: Jaye Marsh

Viola: Emma Vachon

Spider Suite by Jenni Brandon

Clarinet: Carlos Vasquez

Bassoon: Iraj Tamadon-Nejad

Oboe: Elizabeth Brown

Mejunje del Fagobóngo by Alfonso Fuentes

Percussion: Andrew Rasmus

Bassoon: Iraj Tamadon-Nejad

Program notes for Spider Suite by Jenni Brandon:

Spider Suite tells the story of the adventures of a spider and his daily activities, from spinning webs, capturing bugs, and beginning again.

We are first introduced to the world of spiders through the fast and many-legged theme in “Along came a spider…,” full of skittering, racing, and lurking. In movement two a young spider takes flight – baby spiders will spin a balloon out of silk and fly away from their mother’s web to embark on their own journey, letting the wind take them wherever it might. Our spider lands gently and immediately begins to make his web in “Spinning Song.” Once the web is spun, it is time to wait for dinner to come along. Our spider dances “A Wicked Waltz,” laughing manically as he waits for the “Happy Bug (unsuspecting)” to get stuck in his web. As the bug flies and sings, he gets increasingly stuck in the web – listen as the timbral trills in the oboe become more and more frequent. In the final movement the spider reflects on his day (flying, spinning, and hunting…), tearing down his web, as spiders often do, to begin again the next day.

Movement I: Along came a spider…

Movement II: The Spider’s Flight (solo bassoon)

Movement III: Spinning Song

Movement IV: A Wicked Waltz: The Spider and the Happy Bug (unsuspecting)

Movement V. The end of the day…begin again

Spider Suite for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon was commissioned by the California Association of Professional Music Teachers and was premiered by the Vientos Trio at the CAPMT state conference in February 2010 at the Pacific Palms Resort.

The version for flute, clarinet, and bassoon is recorded by Ceora Winds on their debut CD Postcards.

Spider Suite is available on Jenni Brandon’s website at Spider Suite – oboe, clarinet, bassoon sheet music (jennibrandon.com)