Jenni Brandon

Composer and Conductor



Contemporary chamber music inspired by adventures in the
natural wonders and urban centers of California.

Music for Winds and Piano
Jenni's new CD



Jenni Brandon Music Newsletter

Please sign up to receive Jenni's newsletter of upcoming events, new works,CD releases and more!

Purchase these scores through your sheet music dealer:

5 Frogs



5 Frogs
(Windependence Chamber Ensemble, Master Level (Grade 4)). For Woodwind Ensemble. Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48018979)

...more info


The Dark Hills


The Dark Hills(Yale Glee Club New Classic Choral Series).  For Choral (SATB). Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48019338)

...more info


Earth Grown Old look inside


Earth Grown Old(CME Conductor's Choice).  For Choral (SATB, Piano). Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48019742)

...more info


Make Music Sweet look inside


Make Music Sweet(CME Conductor's Choice). For Choral (SATB, Piano). Conductor's Choice.  Boosey & Hawkes #M051480005.

...more info


A Universal Dream look inside


A Universal Dream. For SSAA choir, piano, Djembe. Published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing (SB.SBMP-1058)

...more info


PopUp MP3 Player (New Window)


Songs of California:Music for Winds and Piano PDF Print E-mail
Cambria, California. Photo by Nathaniel West.


Songs of California:
Music for Winds and Piano

NOMINATED for an Independent Music Award in the Contemporary Classical Category!


Featuring the Musicians of the Definiens Project

Here's what people are saying about the CD:

"Jenni Brandon is a fresh voice in classical composition...this CD from a talented young voice should be in your collection.  Ms. Brandon is a composer to watch in the years ahead."
~Kenneth Bradshaw, host of WCPE 89.5 FM WAVELengths
"Jenni Brandon's Songs of California contains some of the most imaginative, ingratiating recent chamber music for winds I've heard. Delightful!"
~Steven Turpin, Morning Musicale host, Indiana Public Radio

"Jenni Brandon’s works for winds and piano are inspired by California’s nature, geologic history and urban spaces. Lyrical, witty and evocative."
~Laima Harmon, WRUV Burlington, Vermont
"I really enjoyed it (and love the frogs!)."
~St. John Flynn, KUHF 88.7FM Houston Public Radio

Order CD here via Paypal - $12


CD and digital download also available at




About the CD:

The music on this CD has been almost a decade in the making – the works were created from 2001-2009 and represent most of my works for winds and piano to date.  During this time I have lived in California and have been inspired by the natural beauties of this state as well as the urban centers and cultural wonders.  Songs of California tells the stories of the many places in California that I love and that have inspired me to create this CD. 

This CD will take you on a journey throughout this land of giant Sequoias, crashing ocean waves, sticky tar pits, city streets, and ponds full of frogs and goldfish.  I have tried to capture my view of these wonders through music, and in creating these images I hope to capture the beauty of this diverse landscape and transport you to these worlds that I love so much.

I feel that this CD is truly so much of who I am personally as well as musically.  A lot can happen over a period of years, and I think this music reflects my journey like many postcards and snapshots of time well spent. 

Thank you for joining me on this adventure, and I hope you enjoy the journey!

Jenni Brandon

Joshua Tree National Park. Photo by Nathaniel West

Tracks - Click on the links below to find out more information about each piece.

1-6 Five Frogs for woodwind quintet (published by Boosey & Hawkes)

Published by Boosey & Hawkes. Windependence Chamber Ensemble, Master Level.
This delightful woodwind quintet gives each player the chance to portray part of a frog's daily routine, from swimming to lazing on the lily pad to catching bugs. Five Frogs is light-hearted but challenging and musically rich.
Five Frogs
for woodwind quintet - Movement I - Leaping
Five Frogs for woodwind quintet - Movement II -On the Lily Pad

7-10 Pleistocene Epoch:The Great Ice Age for solo bass clarinet

Written during the composer's residency with the Vientos Trio, this four-movement piece for solo bass clarinet gurgles and oozes with the stories of the extinct animals found in the pits from over 10,000 years ago.
Pleistocene Epoch: The Great Ice Age for solo bass clarinet: Movement II - Sabertoothed Cat

Sequoia National Forest. Photo by Nathaniel West11-16 The Sequoia Trio for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon

Composed for the Vientos Trio during 2008-2009 composer residency. Six Movements based on the writings of John Muir.
The Sequoia Trio for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon - Movement I - The Big Trees
The Sequoia Trio for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon - Movement II - "A crowd of hopeful young trees and saplings..."

17-20 Goldfish Songs for solo flute/alto flute

Written for flutist Danielle Hundley of the new music ensemble Conundrum, these four movements look at four different types of fancy goldfish.  This original idea inspired by Danielle even features a movement about her own goldfish Bela!
Goldfish Songs for solo flute/alto flute - Movement III - Ryukin: "Bela"

21-24 On Holt Avenue for oboe and piano

Four movements inspired by life on Holt Avenue in Los Angeles including morning coffee, the lemon tree, a mockingbird, and daisies.
On Holt Avenue for oboe and piano - Movement IV - Daisies

25-31 Chansons de la Nature pour la Clarinette for solo Bb clarinet

Seven movements based on nature and images from Aesop's Fables.

32  Sea Quartet for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and piano

Commissioned by the L.A. Musical Salon for the composer's residency with the Vientos Trio, this one-movement work was premiered in March 2009 with guest pianist Rose Chen.
Inspired by the sea and by many visits to the Aquarium of The Pacific, this piece explores the sea's playfulness, beauty, and power.
Sea Quartet for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and piano - Excerpt

Order CD here via Paypal

Greg Milliren - Flute
Ryan Zwahlen - Oboe
Jennifer Stevenson - Clarinet
Annie Bosler - French Horn
Michael Kreiner - Basson
Kanae Matsumoto - Piano

Musicans of the Definiens Project and the Vientos Trio

Recorded, mixed, mastered by Benjamin A. Maas (Fifth Circle Audio)

Produced and edited by Jenni Brandon and Benjamin Maas

Photography by Nathaniel West

Kari-on Productions ( - Radio and Media Publicity for Jenni Brandon

Copyright ©2010 Jenni Brandon Music