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Bryce Dessner

Publisher: Chester Music

St. Carolyn by the Sea (2011)
Bryce Dessner’s St. Carolyn by the Sea was commissioned and premiered by ACO with the support of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Additional support provided by Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven and Holland Festival.
Chester Music Ltd
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
15 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
2 Electric Guitars
Alternate Orchestration
2 Electric Guitars; 1+pic.0.1+bcl.1/1110/timp.2perc/str

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Programme Note
Bryce Dessner St. Carolyn by the Sea (2011)
St. Carolyn by the Sea is based on an episode in the book Big Sur by the Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac. The composer translates Kerouac’s surreal hallucinations into an evocative soundscape. “When I wrote the piece I was in a state of emotional trauma”, admits Dessner. “It has a slight romantic intensity about it and it does shift states. It starts in this kind of sweet longing and then it moves into the more aggressive section and it has, obviously, a kind of triumphant ending.”

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  • Ensemble
    Copenhagen Philharmonic
    Bryce Dessner (electric guitar), Aaron Dessner (electric guitar)
    André de Ridder
    Deutsche Grammophon:
  • 19 SEP 2015
    St. Carolyn by the Sea Country Premiere
    Wave Movements Country Premiere
    Sounds from a Safe Harbour
    Cork Opera House, Ireland
    RTE National Symphony Orchestra
    Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, Maddy Prior; André de Ridder, conductor
  • 15 SEP 2015
    St. Carolyn by the Sea Country Premiere
    Lachrimae Country Premiere
    Music for Wood and Strings Country Premiere
    Krakow, Poland
    Sinfonietta Cracovia
    Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner, guitars / So Percussion; André de Ridder, conductor
  • 14 SEP 2015
    Sala Teatralna, Kraków, Poland
    Orkiestra Sinfonietta Cracovia
    André de Ridder, conductor
  • 12 JUL 2015
    San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco Symphony
    Edwin Outwater, conductor
  • 17 MAY 2015
    Symphony Center, Chicago, IL
    Chicago Youth Symphony Orchesta
    Bryce Dessner
  • 17 APR 2015
    Birmingham, AL
    Alabama Symphony
    Bryce Dessner
  • 21 MAR 2014
    Music Hall, Cincinnati, USA
    Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    Bryce and Aaron Dessner, electric guitar; Louis Langrée, conductor
  • 21 FEB 2014
    Cello Concerto Country Premiere
    Symphony No. 3
    St. Carolyn by the Sea Country Premiere
    Forum Neue Musik
    Frankfurt, Germany
    HR Sinfonieorchester
    Nicolas Altstaedt, cello; André de Ridder, conductor
  • 11 MAY 2013
    Barbican, London
    Britten Sinfonia
  • 14 DEC 2012
    St. Carolyn by the Sea Country Premiere
    Lachrimae Country Premiere
    Konservatoriets Koncertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Copenhagen Philharmonic
    André de Ridder, conductor
  • 16 JUN 2012
    St. Carolyn by the Sea Country Premiere
    Raphael Country Premiere
    Lachrimae World Premiere
    Holland Festival 2012
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Amsterdam Sinfonietta
    Bryce & Aaron Dessner; André de Ridder, conductor

    Other Dates:
    17 June - Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • 22 OCT 2011
    St. Carolyn by the Sea World Premiere
    SONiC Festival
    Winter Garden, World Financial Center, New York, NY
    American Composers Orchestra
    Bryce and Aaron Dessner, electric guitars; George Manahan, conductor

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