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Kathy Henkel | Reeds & Echoes

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Reeds & Echoes

by Kathy Henkel

Sometimes playful, sometimes dancing, often relaxing, transporting the imagination to beautiful scenes of nature, the music explores the unique colors of double reed instruments (oboe, English horn, bassoon).
Genre: Easy Listening: Mood Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Henkel: Highland Fantasy (feat. Gordon Lazarus)
3:35 $0.99
2. Henkel: Fanfare From "Gotta Minute Suite" (feat. Ted Ancona & Samantha Ancona)
0:36 $0.49
3. Henkel: In Memoriam Tigger the Wonder Cat From "Gotta Minute Suite" (feat. Ted Ancona & Samantha Ancona)
1:28 $0.49
4. Henkel: Altadena Rag From "Gotta Minute Suite" (feat. Ted Ancona & Samantha Ancona)
0:41 $0.49
5. Henkel: Valerie's Reflection From "Gotta Minute Suite" (feat. Ted Ancona & Samantha Ancona)
0:51 $0.49
6. Henkel: Mozart Meets Carmen From "Gotta Minute Suite" (feat. Ted Ancona & Samantha Ancona)
1:02 $0.49
7. Henkel: Summer's Echo (feat. Gordon Lazarus & Christian Stendel)
13:08 $0.99
8. Henkel: Tango (feat. Patrice Langsdale-Williams & Christian Stendel)
6:37 $0.99
9. Henkel: Song from the Misty Mountains From "The Elements: Four Nature Scenes" (feat. Gordon Lazarus)
4:32 $0.99
10. Henkel: Dancing Creek From "The Elements: Four Nature Scenes" (feat. Gordon Lazarus)
1:56 $0.99
11. Henkel: Temple of the Four Winds From "The Elements: Four Nature Scenes" (feat. Gordon Lazarus)
4:35 $0.99
12. Henkel: "Forest Fire" From "The Elements: Four Natures Scenes" (feat. Gordon Lazarus)
4:28 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"Highland Fantasy" was requested by a Pennsylvania oboist for Scottish Heritage Sunday at his church. The solo oboe evokes the sounds of bagpipes, reels and Scottish folk tunes of the Highlands.

When I discovered that a bassoonist friend had a daughter who played oboe, I wrote "Gotta Minute Suite" for them. Each of the short movements is related to their family history -- a beloved family pet, a ragtime tune in honor of their hometown, a mirrored melody for Mom, bookended by a Fanfare and a Finale, in which Mozart meets "Carmen."

The unique haunting sound of the English horn inspired "Summer's Echo," based on two English poems -- Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day" and the rhapsodic and bittersweet "Echo" by Christina Rossetti. The piano provides the perfect partner for this expressive dialogue with the English horn. Throughout the piece, motifs hover around the edges of the piano part, returning like haunting memories -- echoes of summers past.

At a double reed conference, I met a bassoonist who requested a "Tango." Patrice's performance on "Reeds & Echoes" captures perfectly the sultry, passionate rhythms of this colorful Argentinian dance.

"The Elements" takes as its basis the four elements of ancient Greek philosophy: earth, water, air and fire. A tour-de-force for the soloist, the oboe sings, dances and, in the finale, mimics the flickerings, flare-ups and the dying embers of a "Forest Fire."



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