The Willamette Reed Trio is a chamber music ensemble based in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area consisting of oboist Greg Ruetsch, clarinetist Lea Anne Bantsari, and bassoonist Gloria Benci Handy. We play a wide variety of music ranging from works written originally for reed trio, as well as arrangements of older works and contemporary pieces from many different genres.
As advocates of reed trio chamber music, we provide our arrangements of public domain works free of charge (under the Resources tab).
Mention of the oboe, clarinet, and bassoon in a chamber ensemble will usually bring into mind the wind quintet, which in additional to these three reeded instruments includes the flute and French horn. Relative to the wind quintet, which dates back to the late eighteenth century, the reed trio is a newcomer and came into prominence in the early twentieth century with the formation of the Trio d'Anches de Paris in 1927. In collaboration with the publisher Éditions de l'Oiseau-Lyre, works for the reed trio by composers such as Ibert, Milhaud, and Auric were commissioned and their publication included not only sheet music but recordings by the Trio d'Anches de Paris and other reed trios, a novel concept at the time.
Sonically, the reed trio lies between the homogenous sound of the string quartet and the vastly different timbres of the wind quintet. The timbres of the oboe, clarinet, and bassoon strike a unique balance being both distinct and complimentary.
As a part of Make Music Day PDX, the Willamette Reed Trio will be performing at St. Honoré Boulangerie, 3333 SE Division Street, Portland on Sunday June 24 from Noon-1pm. Make Music Day is a celebration of music that grew out of the Fête de la Musique which originated in France in 1982. In honor of the French roots of this event, as well as the venue, we will be featuring works of French composers in our performance. There is no cover charge for this event.
Arrangements and new editions of public domain works in our repertoire are freely available here.
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