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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

 

 

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5 Frogs

 

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

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The Dark Hills

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

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Earth Grown Old look inside

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

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Make Music Sweet look inside

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

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A Universal Dream look inside

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

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Welcome to Jenni Brandon Music!

We have music available for winds, strings, piano, choir, and voice as well as PDF licensing for choral music. 

 

Catalogue: 

Jenni's CD

Instrumental: Solos - Duets - Trios - Quartets - Quintets - Wind Symphony

Choir and Voice: Treble Chorus - SATB  - Vocal Music 


New Works recently premiered and available for purchase:

Vive la Liberté for SATB, flute, percussion, piano

The Peace of Wild Things for SATB a cappella

Double Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon with Wind Symphony

Meditations for piano quartet

Sun Songs for Soprano, English horn, cello, and piano

 

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CD

Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano

TRACKS:

1-6  Five Frogs for woodwind quintet^

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

11-16 The Sequoia Trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon*

17-20 Goldfish Songs for solo flute/alto flute*

21-24 On Holt Avenue for oboe and piano*

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

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

*Purchase these scores from the page below!

^Published by Boosey & Hawkes

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SCORES

 

Music for Winds and Piano

Solo

Goldfish Songs* - for solo Flute/Alto Flute

Duration approx. 7:30

These four solo movements look at four different types of fancy goldfish, including Pearlscale, Celestial, Ryukin, and Lionhead. (JB 117)

$12

*Recording available on Jenni's CD Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano


Three Desert Fables - for solo oboe

The three movements tell of the symbiotic relationships found in the harsh desert environment, from Joshua Trees found in the Mojave Desert and the Yucca moth, to the Ocotillo and the Bee, and the chuckwalla and the rock. (JB 125)

$12

Recording now available through Centaur Records! Laura Medisky performs Three Desert Fables on her debut CD!


In The City At Night - for solo English Horn

This solo piece explores the quiet at dusk, the lights blinking on once dark has fallen, and the adventures at night in a city.(JB 116)


$12






 

Recording available on Ryan Zwahlen's CD In the City at Night









Chansons de la Nature pour la Clarinette*- for solo Bb clarinet

The clarinet sing the 'songs of nature' in these short character pieces loosely based on Aesop's fables, from the shimmering stars, to the tortoise and the hare, to the slippery serpent.  (JB 110)

$12

 

*Recording available on Jenni's CD Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano

Starry Night for solo Bb Clarinet

Duration approximately 8 minutes

Commissioned by Los Angeles clarinettist Virginia Costa Figueiredo this three-movement work explores the starry skies, the beauty of the night, and dreaming at the sight of stars. 

$12

 

 

 

 

 


Pleistocene Epoch: The Great Ice Age* for solo bass clarinet

Duration approximately 8:00

Composed for Jennifer Stevenson during the composer's residency with the Vientos Trio, this piece tells the story of the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles and the extinct animals found in the ooze that roamed the area over 10,000 years ago.(JB 121)

$12
*Recording available on Jenni's CD Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano
 
 
 

 

Duet

The Dreams of Birds for alto flute and piano

Duration approximately 7:30

Commissioned by Los Angeles flutist Jenni Olson The Dreams of Birds explores what birds might dream. 

$15

                                                                              
    Appears on Jenni Olson's CD The Dreams of Birds on the Delos label!


On Holt Avenue* - for oboe and piano

 

Duration approx. 10 minutes
Four movements (I. Morning Coffee II. The Lemon Tree III. That Mockingbird IV. Daisies) about life on Holt Avenue in Los Angeles, California. (JB 113)

Scores for piano and part - $15.00

*Recording available on Jeni's CD Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano
 
 

Lemon Lily Waltz - for oboe and piano

Duration approx. 5 minutes

A single movement waltzes the listener through fields bursting with Lemon Lilies that grow in the mountain region of Idyllwild, California.  A great concert opener!
Score for piano and part - $15.00
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cumulonimbus: The King of Clouds for Bb clarinet and Piano

Duration approx. 9 minutes

A storm rages on as the clarinet and piano tell the story of the scariest cloud, the Cumulonimbus, and the destruction it brings.

Score for piano and part - $15

 

 

 

 


Trio

The Wildflower Trio - for oboe, bassoon, and piano

Duration approximately 18 minutes

Commissioned to celebrate the life and work of Lady Bird Johnson.
5 movements based on images of nature. (JB 111)

Score and Parts (oboe, bassoon) - $30

Score Only - $15



  Recording available on oboist Rebecca Henderson's CD "Gobo" - released March 2013 on the Longhorn Music Label and distributed through Naxos!




The Sequoia Trio for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon*

Duration approximately 13 minutes

Composed during the composer's residency with the Vientos Trio in Los Angeles, this four-movement work tells the stories of the giant Sequoia Trees as inspired by the words of John Muir. (JB 119)

Score and set of parts - $28







*Recording available on Jenni's CD Songs of California

Spider Suite for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon

Duration 13 minutes

Commissioned by the California Association of Professional Music Teachers for the February 2010 State Conference, this piece takes the listener through the life and adventures of a spider.  Five movements about spinning webs, capturing prey, and starting the cycle all over again the next day. (JB 122)

 

Score and set of parts - $28

 

 



Found Objects: On the Beach for Oboe, Clarinet, & Bassoon (2013)


Duration approx. 23 minutes. 

Written for the PEN Trio, this work tells the story of found objects on the beach during a winter's day, including tumbled stones, sea glass, driftwood, black feather, and seashells.

Published by TrevCo Music Publishing on the PEN Trio Collection

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Quartet

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

Duration approximately 5:30


Commissioned by the L.A. Musical Salon in 2009, this piece captures the beauty of the sea as inspired by the Pacific Ocean and trips to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. (JB 120)

Score and set of parts - $16
*Recording available on Jenni's CD Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano
 
 



Meditations for piano quartet (violin, viola, cello, piano)


Duration approximately 22 minutes


Commissioned by the Central4 Quartet of Los Angeles, this piece was premiered in March 2012 during the Long Beach, California Bach Festival.  A five-movement work that draws its inspiration from Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, this work can be paired with the Bach or stand alone as the centerpiece of a concert. 

Score and set of parts: $40

 

                                                                                                                            

 


 

 Quintet

 Five Frogs for woodwind quintet*

5 Frogs

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5 Frogs(Windependence Chamber Ensemble, Master Level (Grade 4)). By Jenni Brandon. For Woodwind Ensemble. Boosey & Hawkes Chamber Music. Grade 4. Boosey & Hawkes #M051801954. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48018979)

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 *Recording available on Jenni's CD Songs of California. ALSO available on American Breeze CD performed by the Musical Arts Quintet

 

 


 

The Woman with the Unfathomable Eyes for Narrator (man), flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano

Duration approximately 12 minutes

Welcome to the gritty world of our Los Angeles detective in the 1940's as he takes on the case of the woman with the unfathomable eyes.  Her sister's been kidnapped, and her husband has stolen the ransom money and disappeared.  The detective sets out to find the husband and the money, blinded by the woman's beauty and her lies. It's only a matter of time before he finds out her true motives, but will it be too late?

Original text by Timothy Decker.  This noir-style text makes a good work for staging either in a concert setting or as a dramatic monologue with music in th theater.

Score and set of parts: $35

                                                                                                                                                                                  

 


 

Wind Symphony

Double Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon with Wind Symphony


Duration approximately 19 minutes

This work tells the story of the Galaxy, from the spiral galaxy to a supermassive black hole, and the orion nebula.  Scott Pool- bassoon premiered the work with Rogene Russell on oboe with the University of Texas at Arlington Wind Symphony under the direction of Doug Stotter in February 2013.

Instrumentation (one to a part): solo oboe, solo bassoon, piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 3 trumpets, 4 horns, 2 trombones, euphonium, tuba, 3 percussionists.

Version also available for oboe, bassoon and piano with optional percussion.

Conductor's score and set of parts: $100



Conductor's score only: $18


Set of parts for oboe, bassoon, piano and optional percussion: $35


 

 

Choral and Vocal Music

PDF licensing now available! Scores are delivered directly to your email - print and perform!


Treble Chorus

 

Vive La Liberté! for Two-Part Treble choir, flute, percussion, piano* (2007)

Duration approx. 4:30.  Level: Easy

Text compiled by Jenni Brandon.  Vive la Liberté was commissioned to celebrate the 250th birthday of the Marquis de Lafayette and to honor his constant belief in liberty and freedom for all people. (JB 114)

*Winner of the 2008 Roger Wagner Center for Choral Studies International Composition Competition - Treble Category

Vocal / Piano Score:  $2.00

Set of Parts (Flute & Percussion): $5.00

PDF License = $1.00 - Choose the number of scores you will print


Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn – for SSAA choir, piano, and percussion

Duration approx. 10 minutes.  Level: Advanced


I. The Dark Line
II. Morning prayer
III. Dancing Naked At The Edge of Dawn
Poems by Kris Radish.  Commissioned in 2008 by Sistrum, Lansing, Michigan's Women's Choir under the direction of Meredith Bowen.  The lovely poetry by Ms. Radish is simple and gorgeous, exploring dark to light, love and possibility, and the ability to achieve anything. Three movements. (JB 118)

 

Now recorded by Sistrum!

Available at Sistrum.org and iTunes!

$8.50(score)

 

 

1 PDF copy = $2.00 - Choose the number of scores you will print

 

 


 

A Universal Dream for SSAA choir, djembe, and piano.

Duration approx. 4 minutes.  Level: Intermediate

Text by Meta Hellman and Jenni Brandon.  Commissioned by the Sister Singers Network for the 2010 "Our Kind of Sound" women's choir festival in Chicago.  This piece speaks of the universal idea of liberty and opportunity for all people.  The text draws from the ideas of Jane Addams and the Constitution.  (JB 123).

A Universal Dream look inside

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A Universal DreamBy Jenni Brandon. For SSAA choir, piano, Djembe. Concert, General. Octavo. Published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing (SB.SBMP-1058)

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SATB a cappella

 

 


 

The Giver of Stars for SATB choir a cappella* (2010)

Duration approx. 6 minutes. Level: Advanced

Poem by Amy Lowell. The Giver of Stars speaks of joy and pleasure, reveling in beauty and the ecstatic joy of being overwhelmed by something too beautiful. *Commissioned by the Young New Yorkers' Chorus. (JB 124)

$2.00
1 License = $1.00 - Choose the number of scores you will print

 

At Night for SATB choir a cappella* (2008)

Duration approx. 5 minutes. Level: Advanced

Poem by Amy Lowell. This piece brings to the listener winds sweeping through the trees, wild joy, and the light of a single bright star piercing through the night. (JB 115)

*Winner of the 2008 Sorel Medallion. Premiered in Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall, October 2008

$2.00
1 License = $1.00 - Choose the number of scores you will print


 
 
The Peace of Wild Things for SATB a cappella (2012)
Duration approx. 5:30.  Level: Advanced
 
Poem by Wendell Berry.  This work tells of finding solace in the natural world when life becomes complicated and worrisome. Commissioned by the Brandywine Singers under the direction of Jonathan Kreamer for their 20th Anniversary.
 
$2.00
PDF License = $1.00 - Choose the number of scores you will print

SATB accompanied

Vive la Liberté! for Vive la Liberté! for SATB choir, flute, percussion, piano (2013)

Text compiled by Jenni Brandon.  Vive la Liberté was commissioned to celebrate the life of the Marquis de Lafayette and his constant belief in liberty and freedom for all people. His involvement in this quest stretched from the American Revolution through the French Revolution and beyond.

Original version for two-part treble choir, flute, percussion, and piano.

$2.00

 

PDF License = $1.00 - Choose the number of scores you will print

 


 Make Music Sweet – for SATB choir and piano (2009)

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Make Music Sweet(CME Conductor's Choice). By Jenni Brandon. For Choral (SATB). Conductor's Choice. 16 pages. Boosey & Hawkes #M051480005. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48021166)

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Duration approx. 9:30. Level: Advanced
I. Love Wanders There
II. O cool is the valley now*
III. Rain has fallen all the day*

Poems by James Joyce from his collection Chamber Music.  These three movements speak of love and nature, of cool valleys, and speaking to the heart.
*Winner of the Choral Horizons New Music Reading session.

 


 

The Dark Hills for SATB choir, oboe, and piano

The Dark Hills

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The Dark Hills(Yale Glee Club New Classic Choral Series). By Jenni Brandon. For Choral (SATB). Yale Glee Club New Classics. 8 pages. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48019338)...more info

 Duration approximately 4:30. The poetry by Edwin Arlington Robinson, offers a beautiful picture of evening settling on the hills, or of the quiet that comes at that moment just before dark falls completely over the land. As the choir sings of hope for the end of all wars, the oboe weaves in and out of the texture, creating a voice of the ages.

 


Misgivings for SATB choir, percussion (2), piano, organ (2004)

Duration approx. 20 minutes. Level: Advanced
I. Misgivings
II. Shiloh. A Requiem.*
III. Aurora-Borealis
Poems by Herman Melville.  Misgivings tells a story of war, peace, and the dissolutions that war brings to society.

*Movement available individually

Vocal Score:  $12.00    

Conductor’s Score: $40.00

Set of Parts (Piano, Organ, 2 Percussion parts): $60.00
(Please contact the composer for details on pricing for PDF reproduction license for Vocal Score)


Shiloh. A Requiem. for SATB choir percussion(1), piano, organ

Duration approx. 7 minutes

Poem by Herman Melville.  This piece is movement two from the three-movement work Misgivings. It tells the story of the battle of Shiloh and the swallows flying low over a battlefield where brother fought brother. (JB 126)

$9.00

PDF licensing available - coming soon (or email us for more information)

 


 

Vocal Music

 

 Sun Songs for Soprano, English horn, cello, and piano (2013)

Commissioned by Definiens of Los Angeles for their 10th anniversary, this work uses the texts of Native Americans to tell of reverence for the land and the sun. 

Score and Parts: $35