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in the speaking silence
for Alto Saxophone & Bassoon
Andrea Reinkemeyer (Sherwood, Oregon - 2018)
Commissioned by the Post-Haste Reed Duo =
Dedicated to the loving memory of my mother, Linda Reinkemeyer

" . . . explores a reverent sound world
that hovers just above the brink of silence."

- Maggie Molloy, Second Inversion

Program Notes:

in the speaking silence for Alto Saxophone and Bassoon (2018) was commissioned by the Post-Haste Reed Duo -- Sean Fredenburg, saxophone and Javier Rodriguez, bassoon -- for a "rituals"-themed concert. The piece is lovingly dedicated to the memory of my mother, Linda, who passed away while I was writing the work. To honor her love of hymns, I wove the rhythmic pattern from the stark refrain of Philp P. Bliss's hymn, It is Well with my Soul throughout the piece. The title comes from the second line of Christina Rossetti's poem, Echo.

by Christina Rossetti

Come to me in the silence of the night;
    Come in the speaking silence of a dream;
Come with soft rounded cheeks and eyes as bright
    As sunlight on a stream;
        Come back in tears,
O memory, hope, love of finished years.

Oh dream how sweet, too sweet, too bitter sweet,
    Whose wakening should have been in Paradise,
Where souls brimfull of love abide and meet;
    Where thirsting longing eyes
        Watch the slow door
That opening, letting in, lets out no more.

Yet come to me in dreams, that I may live
    My very life again tho' cold in death:
Come back to me in dreams, that I may give
    Pulse for pulse, breath for breath:
        Speak low, lean low,
As long ago, my love, how long ago.

For further insights, see Deeper Listening by Craig Doolan

Performance Materials:


Premiere Performances:

Thursday, May 12, 2018 - 8:00 p.m.
Flutter Studios (114 Alaskan Way S. Seattle, WA 98104)

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 8:00 p.m.
New Expressive Works (N.E.W.)
810 SE Belmont, Portland, OR 97214
More info

Post-Haste Reed Duo
Sean Fredenburg, Alto Saxophone
Javier Rodriguez, Bassoon

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 8:00 p.m.

Donut Robot!
Label: Aerocade Music
House Concert, Portland, Oregon
Post-Haste Reed Duo releases their sophomore album, Donut Robot! You’re invited to come celebrate the metallic sweetness in SE Portland on Friday night Feb 15th with music from composers Ruby Fulton, Drew Baker, Michael Johanson, Edward J Hines, Andrea Reinkemeyer, and Takuma Itoh. Opening the show with his original compositions is pianist Dario LaPoma. Eat, drink, and be merry with PHRD!
Post-Haste Reed Duo
Sean Fredenburg, Alto Saxophone
Javier Rodriguez, Bassoon

Saturday, March 30, 2019, 8:00 p.m.:
Concert 9, 2019 SCI National Conference =
at the University of New Mexico =
in conjunction with the John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium =
Stephen Yip - Tranquility in Consonance II
Luke Dahn - Threnody
MaMhew Schultheis - SCI Commission
Andrea Reinkemeyer - in the speaking silence
Felipe Tovar-Henao - SCI Commission
Liza Sobel - Five Scenes for String Quartet
New Music New Mexico
Michael Seltenreich - SCI Commission
Sound Icon
Philipp Stäudlin, alto saxophone
Daniel Beilman, bassoon


Recording Session:

Donut Robot!
Label: Aerocade Music
Fantasy Studio (Berkeley, California)
Post-Haste Reed Duo
Sean Fredenburg, Alto Saxophone
Javier Rodriguez, Bassoon


Find the track at 1:00:27
And otherness, Episode 191

Donut Robot! Post-Haste Duo
by Allan J. Cronin on New Music Buff - Feburary 27, 2019 (link)

"These two musicians, ... seem to have cast their net into minimalist waters. The variety within that definition of a musical style demonstrates the apparently boundless creative ways of working within that style and the limitations of the term in helping listeners know what to expect.

Well, expect virtuosity, expect clever invention, and expect to be entertained. . . . The compositions here utilized a variety of strategies, many of which place some serious physical demands on the musicians. What all these compositions manage to do is to sound as though they were intended to come out exactly as you hear them in this recording (also a daunting and frequently unaccomplished task)."

Avant Music News Review by DBARBIERO
April 1, 2019

"Donut Robot! also contains Edward J. Hines’ Hommage: Saygun et Bartok en Turquie 1936, a piece that draws on his engagement of Middle Eastern musical traditions, and Andrea Reinkemeyer’s movingly austere, hymn-inspired In the Speaking Silence, a piece dedicated to the memory of the composer’s mother."

Textura Review April 19, 2019
- textura

" . . . a gamut of emotions is expressed during its eight minutes,
from reverence and supplication
to mournfulness despair."

The Daffodil Perspective Podcast April 28, 2019
with Producer and Host Elizabeth de Brito

in the speaking silence at 58:36

Post Haste Reed Duo
Sean Fredenburg, saxophone
Javier Rodriguez, bassoon