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Bryce Dessner

Publisher: Chester Music

Lachrimae (2012)
Lachrimae was commissioned by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Scottish Ensemble, and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
Chester Music Ltd
Sub Category
String Orchestra
Year Composed
15 Minutes
Programme Note
Bryce Dessner Lachrimae (2012)
Lachrimae is a direct reference to John Dowland's work of the same name. I had played that that piece in school on guitar and decided that I wanted to base something on it. Dowland himself adapted the piece several times into different versions and there's also a Benjamin Britten composition based on the same piece of music, so that was part of my inspiration. When I wrote my work I was listening to string orchestra music and I think Bartók's Divertimento is the pinnacle of string writing. So the piece is kind of equally inspired by Dowland's Rennaissance Lachrimae and by Bartók's Divertimento.

Preview the score:

  • Ensemble
    Copenhagen Philharmonic
    Bryce Dessner (electric guitar), Aaron Dessner (electric guitar)
    André de Ridder
    Deutsche Grammophon:
  • 18 NOV 2016
    Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
    National Symphony Orchestra
    Bryce & Aaron Dessner, guitars; Jacomo Bairos, conductor
  • 29 OCT 2016
    La Jolla, CA
    La Jolla Symphony
    Steven Schick, conductor

    Other Dates:
    30 October - La Jolla, CA
  • 20 OCT 2016
    Impuls - Festival für neue Musik Sachsen-Anhalt
    Halle, Germany
    MDR Symphony Orchestra
    Kristan Järvi, conductor
  • 19 OCT 2016
    Tonlagen Festival
    Dresden, Germany
    MDR Sinfonieorchester
    Bryce Dessner and Aart Strootman, E-Guitars; Kristjan Järvi, conductor
  • 18 OCT 2016
    Leipzig, Germany
    MDR Sinfonieorchester
    Nicolas Altstaedt, Cello; Bryce Dessner and Aart Strootman, E-Guitars; Kristjan Järvi, conductor
  • 31 MAR 2016
    Knoxville, TN
    Steven Schick, conductor
  • 11 MAR 2016
    Remix Concerts
    Dallas, TX
    Dallas Symphony Orchestra
    Brett Mitchell, conductor

    Other Dates:
    12 March - Dallas, TX
  • 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, guitars / So Percussion; André de Ridder, conductor
  • 14 SEP 2015
    Sala Teatralna, Kraków, Poland
    Orkiestra Sinfonietta Cracovia
    André de Ridder, conductor
  • 10 JUN 2015
    Lachrimae Country Premiere
    Viola Concerto Country Premiere
    Festival Saint Denis
    Festival Saint Denis, Paris, France
    Orchestre National d’Île-de-France
    Nadia (viola); Enrique Mazzola, conductor
  • 17 APR 2015
    Birmingham, AL
    Alabama Symphony
    Bryce Dessner
  • 03 APR 2015
    Liquid Music: The Music of Bryce Dessner
    Walker Art Center, Minnesota, US
    members of Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • 13 MAR 2015
    Music Now 2015
    Cincinnati, OH
    Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    Louis Langré, conductor
  • 13 MAR 2015
    Cincinnati, OH
    Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    Louis Langrée, conductor
  • 28 FEB 2015
    Santa Ana Sites: with wild Up
    Logan Creative, Los Angeles, USA
    Pacific Symphony
    Christopher Rountree, conductor
  • 15 OCT 2014
    New Sounds Live
    Winter Garden, New York
    The Knights
  • 07 MAR 2014
    Lachrimae New York Premiere
    Le Poission Rouge, New York, USA
    Ensemble LPR
    André de Ridder, conductor
  • 07 MAR 2013
    Lachrimae Country Premiere
    Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
    Adelaide Art Orchestra
    Tim Sexton, conductor
  • 14 DEC 2012
    St. Carolyn by the Sea Country Premiere
    Lachrimae Country Premiere
    Konservatoriets Koncertsal, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Copenhagen Philharmonic
    André de Ridder, conductor
  • 16 JUN 2012
    St. Carolyn by the Sea Country Premiere
    Raphael Country Premiere
    Lachrimae World Premiere
    Holland Festival 2012
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Amsterdam Sinfonietta
    Bryce & Aaron Dessner; André de Ridder, conductor

    Other Dates:
    17 June - Eindhoven, The Netherlands

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