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Jennifer Jolley (photo: Tina Gutierrez)

Jennifer Jolley


General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: Variable
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Jennifer Jolley
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00; (digital) - $100.00   |   Optional Play Along Recording - $15.00


Instrumentation

C Treble Woodwinds
B-flat Treble Woodwinds
E-flat Saxophones
B-flat Treble Brass
Low Brass
Strings
Percussion

Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

After witnessing my first experiment for percussionist plus laptop performer, clarinetist Rebecca Danard wanted me to write a laptop improvisation piece for her, so I eventually did.

Rebecca suggested that we work with pentatonic scales for our improvisation, so I created ten cells of notes (ranging from low to high) based on four Japanese pentatonic scales, then I recorded Rebecca improvising with the notes of these cells—all forty of them. The recordings of these improvisations were then electronically processed; this is included in the second clarinet part.

- Program Note by composer


Performance Notes

  • Each part has a rhythmic cell. An instrumentalist is to play the rhythmic cell using pitches from one of four groups that are listed. The pitches can be played in any order; the rhythmic cell must be followed exactly.
  • The pitches within the cells can be played at any octave, but please keep in mind the piece begins with the lowest notes and gradually ascends to the highest notes.
    • Each cell can be repeated as many times as desired.
  • Also, you don’t have to perform every cell!
  • Begin with cell #1. Repeat the cell as much as desired (or don’t play the cell), and then move onto cell #2. Continue in numerical order until cell #10.
  • After the first cell is performed, a player can pick a different pitch group (1-4) in the next cell or keep the same one. This applies to all cells.
  • There are optional extended techniques shown as an extra stave beneath “Part 2.” If there are 3+ performers, have a few perform these effects.
  • Now, for the fun part—
    • A conductor/ensemble/performer can decide how they want to shape this piece. Not everyone or every instrument has to play all the time. Maybe there is a leader who looks or points at people to play. Maybe there are colored flashcards involved. Maybe the pitches are made up and the ranges don’t matter (okay, just please go from low to high). This piece is YOURS. Have fun.


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Washington State University (Pullman) Symphonic Band (Troy Bennefield, conductor) - 15 April 2021
  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Thursday Band (Andrew Pease, conductor) - 8 December 2020
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Concert Band (Tyler Strickland, conductor) - 7 December 2020


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


Resources