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Bryce Dessner

Publisher: Chester Music

St. Carolyn by the Sea (2011)
Bryce Dessner’s St. Carolyn by the Sea was commissioned and premiered by ACO with the support of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Additional support provided by Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven and Holland Festival.
Chester Music Ltd
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
15 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
2 Electric Guitars
Alternate Orchestration
2 Electric Guitars; 1+pic.0.1+bcl.1/1110/timp.2perc/str

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Bryce Dessner St. Carolyn by the Sea (2011)
Jonny Greenwood
St. Carolyn by the Sea is based on an episode in the book Big Sur by the Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac. The composer translates Kerouac’s surreal hallucinations into an evocative soundscape. “When I wrote the piece I was in a state of emotional trauma”, admits Dessner. “It has a slight romantic intensity about it and it does shift states. It starts in this kind of sweet longing and then it moves into the more aggressive section and it has, obviously, a kind of triumphant ending.”

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  • Ensemble
    Copenhagen Philharmonic
    Bryce Dessner (electric guitar), Aaron Dessner (electric guitar)
    André de Ridder
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