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Fractals

Monkey Tree Fractal, from The Fractal Geometry of Nature, by Benoit Mandelbrot

Five musical miniatures inspired by the infinite variety of fractals
Commissioned by The Music Fix

Fractals are intricate pictures which bear an uncanny resemblance to many images found in nature — coastlines, clouds, cells, lightning bolts, clusters of stars.  But for all their complexity, fractals are generated using simple and concise recipes, often simple computer programs no more than 4-5 lines long.

Like visual fractals, these musical miniatures use simple ideas as points of departure, gaining complexity as these ideas are layered and spun out.  Whimsical and sublime, from the delicate “Cirri” and the spunky “Tremas and Squigs,” to the quirky “Twindragon”, described by American Record Guide as a “toetapping, finger-snapping,...brainier and more complex interpretation of “Cool” from Bernstein’s West Side Story...”

Each movement shares its name with a particular type of fractal, as defined and named by “Fractal pioneer” Benoit Mandelbrot.

Movements:
1. Cirri
2.  Devil's Staircase
3.  Twindragon
4.  River Tree
5.  Tremas and Squigs

Recorded by Christin Schillinger and Jed Moss on their CD, "Bassoon Transcended"

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http://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/fractals_iii_twindragon.mp3 Bassoon, piano - Full Score
10'00" A SEA-044-00 $10.00
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http://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/fractals_i_cirri_0.mp3 Bassoon, piano - Bassoon Part
10'00" A SEA-044-01 $3.00
Sheet Music
Reviews and Responses: 

“[My accompanist and I] adore this work.  The rhythmic and textural intricacies combine in a refreshing character for bassoon and piano.  We discover new soundscapes with every playing and are drawn in anew. Thank you for such a fresh addition to the bassoon repertoire!” - Christin Schillinger, Assistant Professor of Bassoon, Miami University (Oxford, OH)

“For me, two pieces embody the spirit of [Christin Shillinger’s] program.  One is “Twindragon”, the third movement of Elizabeth Alexander’s Fractals.  This toetapping, finger-snapping minute-long piece evokes a brainier and more complex interpretation of “Cool” from Bernstein’s West Side Story...”  - David Schwartz, American Record Guide, Jan/Feb 2014

“Okay...it is a bad move to listen to music while writing scores, but I did it anyway. Oh my....the Fractals is just sublime. Oh my goodness.....this is just too good. The vibrato at 1.26......egads! The timbre change on the A at 1.41...what!?!? I hate distractions from my work, but this is so buttery and nice.”  - Geoffrey L Burch, Composer for film, television and video games, Response to Schillinger/Moss recording, Facebook, January 11, 2014

Performers: 

The Music Fix ~ Madison Civic Center (Madison, WI)   * Premiere
Christin Schillinger and Jed Moss ~
     Vianden International Chamber Music Festival (LUXEMBOURG)
     International Double Reed Society Conference (Norman, OK and Los Angeles, CA)
     Advanced Double Reed Institute (Dallas, TX)
     Colleges and universities in TX, OH, IL and WI
Kathryn Anderson and Catherine Fischer ~ University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Kimberly Buchar Kelley, bassoon ~ Doctoral Recital, University of Illinois (Urbana, IL)
Lee Goodhew and Elizabeth Alexander ~ Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY)
Renee Dee and Debora Stewart ~ The College of Wooster (Wooster, OH)
Stacy Motquin and Elizabeth Alexander (Ithaca, NY)
Torsten Knabe and Christina Wright-Ivanova ~ University of Texas (Austin, TX)

 

 

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