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Sample Library

“Daze”  (2017)

for B flat clarinet and piano

. . .is a simple beauteous soundscape for solo clarinet and piano that begins as a simple song and transforms into a hazy, intertwining soundscape. Sweet solitude from the clarinet intertwines in and out of the piano’s atmospheric harmonies and melodic gestures.

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Painting by Clark W Fobes

"Northern Journey" (2017)

for flute, Bb clarinet, French horn, and string quartet

Inspired by Ravel's Introduction and Allegro for Harp, this piece explores the beauteous combinations of timbre and orchestration with featured solo moments from woodwinds, brass, and strings. Moments of ambience, moments of driven force, moments of tension then resolution to clarity.

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“Indigo Orbit”(2018)

for bassoon, B flat bass clarinet, and euphonium

. . . takes the audience on a journey through various obstacles of space following orbit. Powerful harmony and gestures explore the vast range of timbre and color throughout all three low instruments; a display of space’s vast darkness and mysterious illuminations.

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Cover Art by Atostrial

“Last Sleep”(2018)

for clarinet quartet

. . . describes the bittersweet beauty of the last moments of losing something or someone precious. The mix of dissonance and clarity forms the image of a single spiritual entity that moves in and out of itself like a swirl of memories and emotions. The piece ends with repeated diminishing notes that represent the moment of something or someone fading away peacefully until its last breath.

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“The Abyss”(2019)

for clarinet ensemble feat. string bass

. . . explores an abstract concept of loss and closure/serenity through a cinematic story about a team of undersea explorers venturing into the deepest depths of waters. The beginning of the piece is harmonically ambiguous to create a mass of anxiety about the unknown all while continuously moving forward. Disaster strikes, and all previous trepidation has reached its peak while they inevitably sink to the bottom of the abyss. All reaches silence in a daze as we listen to two spiritual entities swim and dance around in each other, searching in limbo for guidance. The abyss possesses an energy that begins to grow stronger and stronger until the climax of the piece abruptly bursts with the vision of the departed souls being shot up through the waters and breaking out into the atmosphere towards the heavens, symbolizing the bittersweet miracle of receiving closure and redemption for the victims’ loved ones.


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"Cognitive Pictures" (2020)

for flute, B flat clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon, and piano

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. . . is a series of seven movements that each represent an active state of mind that altogether are a series timeline of a person's path of discovering, learning, and growing.

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"In Circles"  (2020)

for wind ensemble

This is a piece originally written for San Jose State University's Wind Ensemble, an outstanding group of talented musicians currently led by Dr. David Vickerman.

This piece is a reflection of process of growth. We begin hopeful and simple, and we gradually develop into something more complex and meaningful overtime. There’s often moments of starting over when we push and fall, and we find ourselves back at the beginning after a major push, but we're optimistic in every new idea and experience. In a moment of struggle and frustration, we also find ourselves with a breakthrough of something chaotic and unstable, yet real and authentic. Within our final moments, we reflect on ourselves to bring us back to a new beginning again but with all of the impact of our struggling cycle of growth.

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Re-Animated (2022)

with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's Meet the Music

. . .consists of and is inspired by all of the musical choices the students at both Plainview Academic Charter Academy and Nimitz Middle School chose to re-score music to an animation project I had previously worked on, The Chicken Case. The students explored and learned about different musical sounds and gestures that amplify emotion and action in an animated film. This short consists of instruments, sound design, and foley.

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Audio Collaborations (2022)

with ArtWorx Los Angeles

A series of short audio collaborations inspired by landscape and character development projects that were created by students of ArtWorx Los Angeles animation class.

Brenna Dickson © 2023
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