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Donnacha Dennehy

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Surface Tension (2015)
G Schirmer Inc
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
Percussion Ensemble
Year Composed
25 Minutes
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  • 03 DEC 2018
    Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
    Juilliard Percussion Ensemble
    Daniel Druckman, conductor
  • 24 OCT 2018
    Next Wave Festtival: Everywhere All the Time
    BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, NY
    Third Coast Percussion
    Seán Curran, choreographer

    Other Dates:
    25-27 October - BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, NY
  • 13 AUG 2017
    Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music
    Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox MA
    Tanglewood Fellows
  • 01 APR 2017
    University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    Third Coast Percussion
  • 17 FEB 2017
    University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
    Third Coast Percussion

    Other Dates:
    22 February - Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR
    24 March - University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
    26 March - Furman University, Greenville, SC
  • 09 NOV 2016
    Percussive Arts Society International Festival
    Indianapolis, IN
    Third Coast Percussion
  • 14 SEP 2016
    Surface Tension Country Premiere
    Mito Settembre Festival
    Milan, Italy
    Third Coast Percussion

    Other Dates:
    15 September - Turin, Italy
  • 02 FEB 2016
    Surface Tension New York Premiere
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
    Third Coast Percussion
  • 30 JAN 2016
    Surface Tension World Premiere
    University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
    Third Coast Percussion

Works for drums can be rich in rhythm and timbre, but are often harmonically less interesting because of the pitch limitations of the instrument. But a new piece by the Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy, given its New York premiere at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Third Coast Percussion on Wednesday, proved an exception.

Inspired by the museum’s historic collection of percussion instruments and by the techniques used to play the bodhran, a traditional Irish frame drum, Mr. Dennehy’s Surface Tension incorporated an unusually wide spectrum of pitches.
Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times,11/02/2016
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