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Bryce Dessner

Publisher: Chester Music

Aheym (Homeward) (2009)
Commissioned by Kronos Quartet for the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival. Premiere 12th March 2009 at the MusicNOW Festival and 18th July 2009 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Chester Music Ltd
Works for 2-6 Players
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String Quartet
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10 Minutes
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Programme Note
Bryce Dessner Aheym (Homeward) (2009)
Kronos Quartet With Bryce Dessner
Aheym means ‘homeward’ in Yiddish, and this piece is written as musical evocation of the idea of flight and passage. As little boys, my brother and I used to spend hours with my grandmother, asking her about the details of how she came to America. (My father’s family were Jewish immigrants from Poland and Russia). She could only give us a smattering of details, but they all found their way into our collective imagination, eventually becoming a part of our own cultural identity and connection to the past. In her poem “Di rayze aheym,” the American-Yiddish poet Irena Klepfisz, a professor at Barnard in New York and one of the few child survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto, writes: “Among strangers is her home. Here right here she must live. Her memories will become monuments."

Aheym is dedicated to my grandmother, Sarah Dessner.

(c) Bryce Dessner

Score Sample

  • 16 OCT 2018
    Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney, Australia
    Australian String Quartet / Sydney Dance Company

    Other Dates:
    17,18 October - Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney, Australia
    19,20,23-27 October - Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney, Australia
  • 19 APR 2018
    Frame of Mind
    Autostadt, Wolfsburg, Germany
    Sydney Dance Company

    Other Dates:
    20-22 April - Autostadt, Wolfsburg, Germany
  • 06 APR 2018
    Exit Wounds
    Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, Texas, US
    Ballet Austin
    Stephen Mills, choreographer; Michael B. Raiford, scenic designer; Tony Tucci, lighting designer; Jordan Moser, video designer; Michael B. Raiford and Stephen Mills, costume designers

    Other Dates:
    7,8 April - Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, Texas, US
  • 25 JAN 2018
    Frame of Mind
    Teatro Mayor, Bogota, Columbia
    Sydney Dance Company

    Other Dates:
    26 January - Teatro Mayor, Bogota, Columbia
  • 08 JUL 2017
    5 Seconds Festival
    Berlin, Germany
    Oriel Quartett
    John Kameel Farah, piano; Daniel Eichholz, synthesizer
  • 01 APR 2017
    Cello Unwrapped
    Kings Place, London
    Nicolas Altstaedt, cello / Hauschka, prepared piano
  • 24 FEB 2017
    Frame of Mind | Choreography by Rafael Bonachela
    Lang Performing Arts Center, PA, US
    Sydney Dance Company

    Other Dates:
    28 February - UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, MA, US
    4,5 March - Schubert Theatre, Boston, MA, US
    7-12 March - Joyce Theatre, New York, US
  • 19 FEB 2017
    Köln, Germany
    Ensemble Resonanz
  • 15 OCT 2016
    BMW Clubkonzerte
    München, Germany
    Münchener Kammerorchester
    Clemens Schuldt, conductor
  • 30 JUL 2016
    Crossrail Place Roof Garden, London
    Project Instrumental
  • 25 JUN 2016
    Holland Festival Proms
    Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Nehterlands
    Kronos Quartet
  • 21 JUN 2015
    Cork Midsummer Festival
    Blackrock Observatory, Cork, Ireland
    Crash Ensemble
  • 17 APR 2015
    Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
    Kronos Quartet

    Other Dates:
    18 April - Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
  • 15 APR 2015
    Le Volcan, Niemeyer, France
    Kronos Quartet

    Other Dates:
    17 April - Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
  • 06 MAR 2015
    Frame of Mind | Choreography by Rafael Bonachela
    Sydney Theatre, Sydney, Australia
    Sydney Dance Company

    Other Dates:
    7-21 March - Sydney Theatre, Sydney, Australia
    30 April; 1,2 May - Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, Australia
    6-16 May - Southbank Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
  • 22 FEB 2015
    Gefangen im tRaum (Trapped in a Dream) | Choreography by Stephan Thoss
    Theater Regensburg, Germany
    Theater Regensburg

    Other Dates:
    27 February; 4,8,11,13 March; 9,26 April; 12,15,25 May; 30 June; 4 July - Theater Regensburg, Germany
  • 20 FEB 2015
    Mona Bismarck Center, Paris, France
    Zaide Quartet
  • 13 DEC 2014
    The National Concert Hall, Dublin, EIRE
    Crash Ensemble
  • 11 NOV 2014
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Kronos Quartet

    Other Dates:
    16 November - Brussels, Belgium
  • 18 SEP 2014
    Hamburg, Germany
    Ensemble Resonanz
  • 17 SEP 2014
    Aheym (Homeward) Country Premiere
    G Song
    Sacrum Profanum Festival 2014
    Teatr Laznia Nowa, Krakow, Poland
    Kronos Quartet
  • 21 JUN 2014
    Home Place
    Cabot Theatre, Milwaukee, USA
    Present Music
  • 31 MAY 2014
    Aheym (Homeward) Country Premiere
    Primavera Sound Festival
    Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain
    Kronos Quartet
  • 11 MAY 2014
    Aheym (Homeward) Country Premiere
    Cork Opera House, Cork, Ireland
    Kronos Quartet
  • 29 MAR 2014
    Hillwood Recital Hall, Brookville Hall, New York
    Kronos Quartet
  • 22 MAR 2014
    Baldwin Auditorium, Durham, North Carolina, USA
    Kronos Quartet

    Other Dates:
    28 March - Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, USA
  • 11 MAR 2014
    Mandeville Auditorium, San Diego, California, USA
    Kronos Quartet
  • 14 NOV 2013
    New Orleans, LA
    Kronos Quartet
  • 08 NOV 2013
    Rhode Island School of Design Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
    Kronos Quartet
  • 21 OCT 2013
    Reynolds Hall – University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
    Kronos Quartet

The sensibility of his writing for string quartet is much the same as in his songs, and this translates into an incredibly interesting work.
Grant Damron,,09/12/2013
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