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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
Commissioned by Ensemble InterContemporain and NTR ZaterdagMatinee, and premiered on September 24, 2016 at Philharmonie de Paris, France, conducted by Matthias Pintscher.
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Orchestra
Sub Category
Chamber Orchestra
Year Composed
2016
Duration
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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Performances
Date
Title
  • 07 FEB 2019
    Wires Country Premiere
    Musica Nova
    Espoo Cultural Centre, Espoo, Finland
    Tapiola Sinfonietta
    Bryce Dessner; Baldur Brönnimann, conductor
  • 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
    Raphael
    Wires Country Premiere
    ZaterdagMatinee
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Ensemble InterContemporain
    Bryce Dessner, E-Guitar; André de Ridder, conductor
  • 24 SEP 2016
    Raphael
    Wires World Premiere
    Grand Soir | Bryce Dessner
    Philharmonie de Paris, France
    Ensemble InterContemporain
    Bryce Dessner, E-Guitar; Matthias Pintscher, conductor

Reviews
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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