Vanessa Lann – Rise

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Rise is a modern work, yet also fun and accessible for both the musicians and the audience. The piece gives bassoonists the opportunity to be in the spotlight, supported by their fellow orchestral players (a real change from their all-too-often accompanying role at the back of the symphony orchestra!).

The work was premiered on November 17, 2017, by the Netherlands’ Van Wassenaer Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Boers. The soloists were Martine Reurings and Dick Hanemaayer. Since that time Rise has been performed twice more by the Netherlands’ Airchestra, under conductor Johan Olof.

The version of Rise in this fragment is the original version, for chamber orchestra. And it is equally suitable for performances by larger orchestras. If there is enough demand, however, a symphony orchestra version will be published, which will include the original parts as well as additional orchestral instruments.

The piece (in the chamber orchestra version) is available online from the publishing house Donemus. Amateur orchestras receive a reduction in costs. The staff at Donemus are also available to answer any questions: info@donemus.nl.


Short description of the work.

Rise, for two bassoons and orchestra, was composed at the request of the Dutch Bassoon Network, an initiative taken as part of the Year of the Bassoon 2016. Their goal was the creation of a piece to be performed by amateur orchestral players and soloists, and that the bassoons have the most prominent role possible.

The composer had intensive working contact with the commissioners, solo bassoonists and orchestra during the composition and rehearsals for Rise. Both soloists (Martine Reurings and Dick Hanemaayer) made copious suggestions, starting with their own wishes as players but also including ideas about the instrument, extended techniques and performing practice. The Dutch Bassoon Network successfully applied for a grant from the Dutch Performing Arts Foundation to fund the composition of the work, and Donemus Publishers agreed to special price reductions for amateur orchestras worldwide. The piece was premiered by the Van Wassenaer Orchestra, Martine Reurings and Dick Hanemaayer on November 17, 2017, conducted by Benjamin Boers.

The music: in the first movement the two solo bassoonists call to each other from different positions, the second bassoonist sitting in the back of the orchestra and the first standing next to the conductor in the traditional soloist’s position. The music leaps back and forth between the two bassoonists – from a middle D-flat to a low C – their motives gradually taken over seamlessly by the other orchestral players. At the end of this movement the meaning of the word “rise” becomes ever clearer. In the second movement the two soloists circle around each other with driving rhythms, the orchestra answering them while dancing in irregular meters. Movement three brings back the sounds and instrumental patterns of the first movement. At the end of this movement the bassoonists get the chance to improvise within suggested patterns, incorporating trills, glissandi, references to famous works – anything they come up with. The rhythmic dances of the fourth movement lead to a surprising conclusion where the bassoonists have the last word…

If you’d prefer to order Rise, but in the version for symphony orchestra, please let us know by sending a mail: info@donemus.nl

Rise at the webshop of Donemus