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Kachina - BSN/PN

Composer: Ferenz, Amber

Publisher: T.D. Ellis

Edition: 71553


for bassoon and piano
by Amber Ferenz (b. 1973) - American composer and bassoonist
I. Red Rocks, Blue Sky
II. Corn Mother Visits the Residential Schools at Night
III. Spider Grandmother Weaves Night and Day

Also soon to be available for bassoon and orchestra.


Kachina was commissioned by Isabel “Gypsy” Richardson, and is a bassoon concerto about the lands, spirits, and mythical figures of the Diné and Hopi peoples of Southwestern North America. The bassoon plays the dual role of observer and participant, providing songs and commentary. Deep thanks to you, Gypsy!

Kachinas are paradoxically both spirits who bring blessings as well as physical beings. They are represented in seasonal sacred ceremonial dances, and as carvings in the form of dolls for children to play with, thus learning about the vast spirit world that is an integral part of indigenous life. Kachinas dance among the people, and are also remote, living mysterious lives for part of the year in a mountain range that is said to be their home. It is my intention to honor these beings and their lands with this concerto, as well as all people who know and respect them.


—Offered with deep respect and love for the Land, the Spirits, and the People keeping them in harmony with their prayers and sacred ceremonies,

Amber Ferenz Winston-Salem NC, 2022