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The Reed Trios of Fernande Decruck

by Reeds Amis

The music of Jeanne Delphine Fernande Breilh-Decruck fuses varied styles including traditional folk melodies, modal scales and harmonies, and baroque and classical forms. Her music is distinctively French in character and often instilled with melancholy.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Capriccio
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2. Variations en trio sur lair du p'tit quinquin
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3. Trio Classique
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4. Variations sur un air Pyreneen
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5. Pavane
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6. Sonate (2e): I. Moderato
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7. Sonate (2e): II. Andante amabile
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8. Sonate (2e): III. Scherzo giocoso
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9. Chant lyrique
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The music of Jeanne Delphine Fernande Breilh-Decruck fuses varied styles including traditional folk melodies, modal scales and harmonies, and baroque and classical forms. Her music is distinctively French in character and often instilled with melancholy. A virtuoso organist who was known for her ability to improvise complete symphonies during recitals, Decruck was equally esteemed as a composer and created a broad repertoire of works that remain mostly unpublished to this day. The trio works on this album were recovered from her family’s home near Fontainebleau, France. They had survived for several decades in boxes in manuscript form and were engraved specially for this project.

Decruck’s six reed trios were commissioned and originally performed by the Trio d’anches de Paris, the pioneers of the reed trio as an ensemble. A close family connection between Decruck and the bassoonist Fernand Oubradous led to her introduction to the group. Before this project, the Trio d’anches’ 1935 abridged recording Variations en trio sur I'air du P'tit Quinquin was the only public evidence of these works.

The chamber music showcases Decruck’s eclectic style, from the improvisatory Capriccio to the fugal, Bach-influenced Classique, which also includes a jazz-like cabaret song. The trios include two variation sets, Variations en trio sur I'air du P'tit Quinquin which again draws from cabaret with variations on the playfully seductive Can-can, and the Variations sur un air pyrénéen, which evokes monastic melodies from the Pyrenees mountains. The lone multi-movement work, Sonate, features a post-war, mechanical modernity, fitting the full range of Decruck’s influences and lyricism into a denser musical architecture. The Pavane is Decruck’s elegantly simple reworking of a previously-composed saxophone quartet. Finally, Decruck reorchestrated the Chant Lyrique from a saxophone solo to the sextet version heard here.

Marilyn Cole is a graduate of the University of Montana and the Eastman School of Music. She has performed and taught globally, including presenting a concert at the International Double Reed Society in Tokyo and serving as an instructor at the Frankfurt International School. She is an active Broadway musician, currently with the show, Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812. Marilyn’s recent orchestral performances include the New Jersey Symphony, The Chelsea Symphony, the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. Additionally she is the oboe instructor at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan. She can be heard on the 2017 cast album recording of the Broadway show, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 and is the oboe coach and recorded soloist for the Golden Globe-winning Amazon original series Mozart in the Jungle.

An active chamber musician and soloist, bassoonist Dr. Melissa Kritzer has previously been a soloist with the Michigan State Philharmonic, The Chelsea Symphony, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory Chamber Players. She has also lectured and performed at International Double Reed Society conferences. Dr. Kritzer transcribed Fernande Decruck’s original manuscripts into performable scores as part of the recording Reeds Amis: The Reed Trios of Fernande Decruck. Her orchestral work in the New York City area includes recent performances with the New Jersey Symphony, the Hartford Symphony and the Albany Symphony, as well as positions with the Mozart Orchestra of New York and the Binghamton Philharmonic.

Angela Shankar is an active clarinetist and music educator in New York City. You can see and hear Angela on screen as a featured soloist on the Golden Globe-winning Amazon original series Mozart in the Jungle. In addition to being a sought-after freelancer in New York City, she is also a member of The Chelsea Symphony and the Swedish-American ensemble Quartet Kalos. Angela teaches a collegiate course in pedagogy at the Mannes School of Music and a Preparatory class in music theory. She also serves as a Faculty Mentor for the Harmony Program, an after-school music program for underserved communities in New York. Angela has a Bachelor's Degree in Clarinet Performance and Music Education from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she received the highest prizes in performance and education.







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