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Nico Muhly

Publisher: Chester Music

Confessions (2008)
Work Notes
All baroque instruments at a=415
Text Writer
Teitur Lassen
Publisher
Arlo&Betty/St. Rose Music
Category
Soloist(s) and Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
2008
Duration
40 Minutes
Language
English
Soloist
Voice, Soprano Recorder, Archlute
Orchestration
Programme Note
Nico Muhly Confessions (2008)
Confessions is an engagingly eccentric set of songs inspired by mundane YouTube videos, envisioned by composer Nico Muhly and singer-songwriter Teitur.

Teitur, a European pop-folk household name hailing from the Faroe Islands, and Nico Muhly, critically acclaimed American classical composer, created and now perform their 14 songs of “bottomless charm” with baroque orchestra.

On Baroque music, Muhly says, “The distance between contemporary listening and Baroque music is one of the most heartbreaking and interesting things… Baroque musicians aren’t accustomed to the sorts of rhythms attendant to contemporary music, and that brought another interesting tension to the project.”



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Performances
Date
Title
  • 21 OCT 2016
    Confessions US Premiere
    (le) poisson rouge, New York, NY
    New York Baroque Incorporated
    Nico Muhly, Teitur
  • 25 NOV 2009
    Confessions World Premiere
    Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven, Netherlands
    Holland Baroque Society
    Nico Muhly, Teitur

Reviews
…Muhly’s trademark blend of Renaissance England and Glassian minimalism makes a perfect partner for the sandpapery expressivity of Teitur’s singing
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle,10/11/2016
It’s a quirky, charming mix of songs combining Teitur’s winsome voice and Muhly’s baroque string textures...
Robinson Meyer, Atlantic Monthly,21/10/2016
…something simultaneously Spartan and somehow full of life…
Sam Cleeve, The Line of Best Fit,14/10/2016
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