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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.
Work Notes
Can be performed with multiple strings
Chester Music Ltd
Sub Category
Chamber Orchestra
Year Composed
14 Minutes

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Programme Note
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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  • 26 APR 2018
    Wires Country Premiere
    München, Germany
    Münchener Kammerorchester
    Bryce Dessner, E-Guitar; Ben Gernon, conductor
  • 14 JAN 2017
    Wires US Premiere
    Cincinnati, OH
    Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    Bryce Dessner, E-Guitar; Matthias Pintscher, conductor
  • 08 OCT 2016
    Wires Country Premiere
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Ensemble InterContemporain
    Bryce Dessner, E-Guitar; André de Ridder, conductor
  • 24 SEP 2016
    Wires World Premiere
    Grand Soir | Bryce Dessner
    Philharmonie de Paris, France
    Ensemble InterContemporain
    Bryce Dessner, E-Guitar; Matthias Pintscher, conductor

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