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Bryce Dessner

Publisher: Chester Music

El Chan (2016)
Commissioned by Britten Sinfonia and Wigmore Hall
Chester Music Ltd
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
Piano Quartet
Year Composed
16 Minutes
Alternate Orchestration
two pianos

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Programme Note
Bryce Dessner El Chan (2016)
This piece was composed as a gift for my friend and collaborator Alejandro González Iñárritu and his wife Maria Eladia Hagerman while staying at their house in San Miguel Allende Mexico in January 2016. Nestled in the canyons outside San Miguel, ‘El Charco del Ingenio' is a pool of water which has been the source of popular legends for many centuries, as well as the primary source of water in the area. ‘El Chan’ is its guardian spirit, a mythic being from the underworld who dwells in the mysterious waters and shows its terrible powers to those daring to approach. The pool changes colors throughout the year and is fed by a spring which is one of the last sources of natural water in the area. My piece was inspired by the natural beauty of Alejandro’s hometown and the lurking power of nature in this serene landscape.

Programme note by Bryce Dessner

  • 06 DEC 2017
    Evolution Contemporary Music Series
    An die Musik, Baltimore, MD
    Judah Adashi, artistic director
  • 01 SEP 2017
    El Chan Country Premiere
    Ludwigsburg, Germany
    Notos Quartett
  • 14 MAY 2016
    Murder Ballades
    Garcia Counterpoint
    El Chan European Premiere
    Tuusula European Premiere
    Bryce Dessner Festival
    Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Netherlands
    Nicolas Altstaedt and Bryce Dessner
  • 08 APR 2016
    El Chan World Premiere
    St Andrew's Hall, Norwich, UK
    Britten Sinfonia

    Other Dates:
    12 April - West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, UK
    13 April - Wigmore Hall, London, UK

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