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Nico Muhly

Publisher: Chester Music

Mixed Messages (2015),
Commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra
Work Notes
Percussion (4 players): Crotales, Chimes, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Bongos, Tenor Drum, Sleigh Bells, Guiro, Brake Drum, Triangle, Woodblock, Ratchet, Kick Drum, Bass Drum, Tam-tam
St. Rose Music Publishing
Year Composed
11 Minutes
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Programme Note
Nico Muhly Mixed Messages (2015),

The piece opens with fractured brassy fanfares countered by tremulous string ostinatos that slip into bursts of subdued, frenetic arpeggio-like figures. Contradictions keep happening: low rumbling strings bump against snarling brass; fitful phrases in one bastion of the orchestra blithely overlap cosmic sonorities in another. Mr. Muhly’s ear for dense, layered, post-tonal harmonies, a trademark of his style, served him well here. The urgency of the piece carries you along, even when unexpected things happen, like a curious episode for pleading, lyrical cellos.
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times,17/05/2015
Mixed Messages is an eclectic post-Romantic/minimalist fusion, ushered in by whizzing string figurations pitched somewhere between Sibelius and John Adams
Tim Ashley, The Guardian,01/01/0001
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