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Nico Muhly

Publisher: Chester Music

Drones and Viola (2011)
St. Rose Music Publishing
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
Piano + 1 Instrument
Year Composed
14 Minutes

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Programme Note
Nico Muhly Drones and Viola (2011)
The drones for Drones and Viola can be augmented by any combination of other instruments. One successful version of this involved the pianist and violist centre stage, with a small ensemble of melodicas, violins, and synthesizers sitting on the floor, playing unamplified. It is crucial that the drones sit slightly below the piano and viola in volume. Additionally, while the drones should rise and fall in volume subtly and randomly, after the fashion of distant clouds, they should never follow the dynamics of the primary instruments. It is also entirely possible and somewhat desirable to have the drones for the first movement start, if it is convenient or sensible, long before the concert begins, as the audience enters, or during an interval. N.M.

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  • Soloist(s)
    Bruce Brubaker Piano, Nadia Sirota Viola, Pekka Kuusisto Violin, Nico Muhly Piano, Drones
    Bedroom Community :
  • 24 FEB 2018
    David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
    New York City Ballet
    Benjamin Millepied, choreographer

    Other Dates:
    25,28 February; 2,3 March - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
  • 05 MAY 2017
    New York City Ballet: Neverwhere
    David H. Koch Theater, NYC
    New York City Ballet
    Choreography, Benjamin Millepied

    Other Dates:
    9 May - David H. Koch Theater, NYC
  • 04 NOV 2016
    White Light Festival
    Stanley Kaplan Penthouse, New York
    MMDG Music Ensemble
  • 28 MAR 2014
    LimeWharf, London
    Liam Byrne, viola da gamba
  • 28 FEB 2014
    Tracing Isadora (WP) - Ballett
    Mannheim, Germany
    Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim
    Joseph Trafton, conductor

    Other Dates:
    7,9,21 March; 11,17 April; 10 May; 8,15,28 June; 9 July - Mannheim, Germany
  • 19 SEP 2013
    New York, NY
    New York City Ballet
  • 03 DEC 2012
    Le Poisson Rouge
    Nadia Sirota, viola; Bruce Brubaker, piano

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