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Bryce Dessner

Publisher: Chester Music

Wires (2016)
Commissioned by Ensemble InterContemporain and NTR ZaterdagMatinee, and premiered on September 24, 2016 at Philharmonie de Paris, France, conducted by Matthias Pintscher.
Chester Music Ltd
Sub Category
Chamber Orchestra
Year Composed
14 Minutes
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Bryce Dessner Wires (2016)
Bryce Dessner considers Wires to be his most avant-garde work to date. The commission by the Ensemble Intercontemporain and ZaterdagMatinee provided an opportunity for Dessner to move out of his comfort zone and to write some thing using a totally new musical language. Dessner combines his influences from New York with the European Avant-Garde to create a wonderful fusion of rhythm and sound

The focus of the piece is quite literally wires: wires that connect us, wires that make sound and wires that separate us from one another. Three wired instruments stand in the foreground of this triple chamber concerto: the electric guitar, the harp and the piano.

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The German premiere of Bryce Dessner's "Wires" for electric guitar and chamber orchestra presented a sharp-edged modern as plastically catchy composition. The wiring, which the title addresses, succeeded as well between the instrumental groups as within them, while the guitar, played by the composer, provided subtle colors.
Klaus Kalchschmid , Süddeutsche Zeitung,28/04/2018
Indie rocker Bryce Dessner, member of the band The National, then emancipates the electric guitar from the noise generator. He shows, playing along himself, even more the acoustically, but also solistic modulation ability of the guitar. He cleverly combines styles, alienates them, creates new ones. A strong composition with a very strong fortissimo ending. Almost a sin that Gernon does not let the violently battered gong end in silence.
Maximiliam Maier, Münchner Merkur ,28/04/2018
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