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Bryce Dessner

Publisher: Chester Music

Music for Wood and Strings (2013)
Music for Wood and Strings was commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The World Premiere was given by So Percussion in Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York City, on November 23, 2013.
Chester Music Ltd
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
35 Minutes
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Programme Note
Bryce Dessner Music for Wood and Strings (2013)
Performance Notes
Each player has a Chordstick tuned to two open harmonies using 4 or 5 strings and one or
two percussion instruments (e.g. wood blocks, snare, bass drum).
Player 1 (Alto):
Chordstick A1 F-G-C-E
Chordstick A2 G-E-G-D
Snare drum
Wood Blocks
Player 2 (Alto):
Chordstick B1 C-A-B-G
Chordstick B2 A-F-C-F
Wood Blocks
Player 3 (Tenor):
Chordstick C1 C-F-G-B
Chordstick C2 F-C-F-G-A
Wood Blocks
Player 4 (Bass):
Chordstick D1 C-G-D-C
Bass Stick Chromatic
Wood Blocks
Bass Drum

Each instrument has a mute lever at the octave which is used for dynamic and/or register
shifts, and is notated as 'mute on/off’.

Additionally, each instrument will be amplified using a quarter-inch jack from the pickup into a direct box, mixed by the front of house engineer. Each player should also have some kind of looping device (preferably the Line 6 DL4) and volume pedal.

Each player will have two child size plastic violin bows to play the Chordstick, as well as

Depending on the section and the difficulty of the rhythms, the piece has been notated with
the Chordsticks on one or two staves.

  • Ensemble
    So Percussion
  • 20 NOV 2018
    RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester, UK
    So Percussion
  • 12 JUL 2018
    Minnesota Beethoven Festival
    Saint Mary’s University, Winona, MN
    So Percussion
  • 21 OCT 2016
    Music for Wood and Strings Country Premiere
    Garcia Counterpoint Country Premiere
    Ornament and Crime Country Premiere
    Delphica Country Premiere
    Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
    So Percussion
    Nadia Sirota, viola; Bryce Dessner, E-Guitar; Yuki Numata Resnick, violin
  • 10 JUL 2016
    So Percussion Summer Institute
    Matthews Theater, Lewis Center, Princeton, NJ
  • 24 JAN 2016
    Winnipeg New Music Festival
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    So Percussion
  • 20 SEP 2015
    Sounds from a Safe Harbour
    Cork Opera House, Ireland
    Crash Ensemble, So Percussion
    Shara Worden, Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, Yuki Numata Resnick, Nadia Sirota
  • 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, E-guitars; So Percussion; André de Ridder, conductor
  • 10 MAY 2015
    Mountains and Waves - curated by Bryce Dessner
    Milton Court, Barbican Centre, London
    So Percussion
  • 14 MAR 2015
    Music Now 2015
    Cincinnati, OH
    Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    So Percussion
  • 07 MAR 2015
    Music for Wood and Strings Country Premiere
    The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
    So Percussion
  • 07 NOV 2014
    Music for Wood and Strings European Premiere
    Tromp Percussion
    Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven, NL
    So Percussion
  • 25 SEP 2014
    Gowanus Art and Production, Brooklyn, New York, US
    So Percussion

    Other Dates:
    16 October - Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
    24 October - Cornell Concert Series, Ithaca, NY
    26 October - Delaware County Community College, Media, PA
    4 April 2015 - Walker Art Center, Minnesota, US
    1 June 2015 - Millennium Park, Chicago, IL, USA
    5 June 2015 - Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA
    13 June 2015 - Manchester, Tennessee, USA
  • 23 NOV 2013
    Carnegie Hall, NY
    So Percussion

    Other Dates:
    3,5,9 February 2014 - Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA
    7 February 2014 - Touhill Performing Arts Center, St Louis, MO
    26 March 2014 - Merkin Concert Hall, New York
    30 March 2014 - Knoxville, TN
    16 April 2014 - Roanoke College Performing Arts Series, Roanoke, VA
    19 June 2014 - Pocantico Center, Pocantico Hills, NY
    22 June 2014 - Brookfield Place, Winter Garden, New York, USA

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