A couple of days ago, I received Nadina Mackie Jackson’s new CD, Twenty Four Solos by Jean-Daniel Braun in the mail. I had been eagerly awaiting the disc since its release at the end of October. Of course I wanted to hear Nadina’s recording (which is wonderful!), but my enthusiasm was also partly selfish; I wrote the album’s liner notes.
This came about a bit by chance. Nadina put out a call on Facebook for help with liner notes, and I happened to see and respond to it in pretty short order. So thanks to her for giving me my first foray into writing liner notes! I have always enjoyed writing program notes for my own recitals, and I suppose that this was the logical next step. It’s nice to be able to bring both my bassoon and musicology training to bear on the same project.
Writings on the life and works of Jean-Daniel Braun are sparse. But, I was able to piece together a fair amount of information from a variety of sources. The best of these were facsimiles of original printings which included catalogs of his works, copies of his royal privilege for printing music, and small details on the title pages. In my quest to suss out every possible detail I actually went a little overboard, and my text had to be cut down slightly to fit the available space. But, Nadina has posted the full version on her web site. While you’re there, order a copy of the CD!