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Bryce Dessner

Publisher: Chester Music

Aheym for orchestra (2009)
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Orchestra
Year Composed
2009
Duration
10 Minutes
Programme Note
Bryce Dessner Aheym for orchestra (2009)
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


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Performances
Date
Title
  • 03 JUL 2014
    Hackney Downs Studios London
    New London Orchestra
    Ron Corp , conductor
  • 03 JUL 2014
    Hackney Downs Studio, London
    New London Orchestra
  • 08 NOV 2013
    Toronto, ON Canada
    Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra
    Edwin Outwater, conductor

    Other Dates:
    9 November - Toronto, ON Canada
  • 07 NOV 2013
    Aheym for orchestra Country Premiere
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Kitchener Waterloo Symphony
    Edwin Outwater, conductor

    Other Dates:
    8,9 November - Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 07 NOV 2013
    Aheym for orchestra Country Premiere
    Toronto, ON Canada
    Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra
    Edwin Outwater, conductor
  • 09 OCT 2012
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London
    London Sinfonietta
    Leo Hussain, conductor

Reviews
...enjoyable... ... an unsentimental homage to his Yiddish ancestry.
Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph,10/11/2012
The surging music really impresses, particularly when guitars, strings, woodwind and brass reach full pelt...[and] chase each other around repetitive cycles.
Kitty Empire, The Observer,2/5/2012
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