REEDS
for oboe, Bb clarinet and bassoon and dancer

Emily Doolittle
Composition Date: 2010
Duration: 00:36:00
Genre: Woodwinds, Solo / Ensemble, Mixed Trios

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
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Programme Note:
Reeds is a site-specific, collaborative work for reed trio and dancer, originally commissioned by the Umbrella Ensemble for performance at the 2010 Newfoundland Sound Symposium. Reeds follows a year’s worth of birdsongs that can be heard at Oxen Pond in St. John’s – but the bird species that come to Oxen Pond are similar to those that come to similar ecosystems across North America, so Reeds is suitable for performance in a number of regions.Many birdsongs are hard for people to hear in detail because they are so quiet, high, or fast, while yearly cycles of sound may be too slow for people to perceive. In Reeds I have slowed down and amplified certain aspects of each birdsong, turning them into instrumental songs which are more readily understandable by human listeners, while the yearly cycle of sounds is compressed into a time-scale that allows the listener to have a sense of the seasonal comings and goings of each species. None of the music in Reeds is freely composed: all of it, even the parts that sound surprisingly melodic, are more or less direct transcriptions of birdsongs (and, in one case, frog callas). Although the songs and the general structure of the piece are given, the musicians and dancer have a lot of choice in how they realize them, so performances vary widely according to who is performing and where the performance takes place. I. Summer Music: Savannah Sparrow, Golden-Crowned Kinglet, Pine Siskin, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, White-Throated Sparrow, Common Grackle, Dark-Eyed Junco, Northern Waterthrush, Fox Sparrow, Winter Wren, Pine Grosbeak, American Robin, Purple Finch, Tree Swallow II. A Hermit: Hermit Thrush III. Water Dance: American Bittern, Common Loon, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs IV. Songs of Wings: Canada Goose V. First Interlude (silence) VI. Drumming: Ruffed Grouse VII. Second Interlude (silence) VIII. Winter Meeting: Black-capped Chickadee, Bald Eagle IX. Third Interlude (silence) X. Spring Peepers: Spring Peepers (not native to Newfoundland, but introduced) XI. Songs of Wings (Coming back!) XII. Bright, Open Eyes: Herring GullXIII. Summer Music (Once More!)The duration of Reeds is approximately 36 minutes. There are several long silences (up to a minute) during the piece. Please do not talk during these silences: they are an essential part of the composition.

Premiere Information:
St Johns, NFLD
Oxen Pond, MUN Botanic Gardens
2010
Umbrella Ensemble (Catherine Lee, Louise Campbell, Alex Eastley) and Camilee Renhardt

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 5136 D6915ree
  • Genre:
  • Woodwinds, Solo / Ensemble, Mixed Trios
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 9, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    4 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
    Parts page count: 39
    Parts
    39 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by the Umbrella Ensemble

    I. Summer Music
    II. A Hermit
    III. Water Dance
    IV. Songs of Wings
    V. First Interlude (silence)
    VI. Drumming
    VII. Second Interlude (silence)
    VIII. Winter Meeting
    IX. Third Interlude (silence)
    X. Spring Peepers
    XI. Songs of Wings
    XII. Bright, Open Eyes
    XIII. Summer Music (Once More!)
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