Monthly Archives: October 2012


Lachrimae2012 String orchestra. 15 min. Commissioned by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Scottish Ensemble, and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, premiered June 16, 2012 at the Holland Festival. Performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, conducted by Andre de Ridder. [haiku url=”/mp3/bryce_dessner-lachrimae.mp3″ defaultpath=disabled]

St. Carolyn by the Sea

St. Carolyn by the Sea2011 Electric Guitars and Orchestra. 15 min. Commissioned by American Composers Orchestra and Muziekcentrum Eindhoven. [haiku url=”/mp3/bryce_dessner-st_carolyn.mp3″ defaultpath=disabled class=”mp3player”]

To The Sea

To The Sea 2011 Vocal. Variable Duration. Premiered November 2, 2011 during the “Monstrance” installation collaboration with Matthew Ritchie at L&M Arts Los Angeles. [haiku url=”/mp3/bryce_dessner-to_the_sea.mp3″ defaultpath=disabled class=”mp3player”]

Long Winter

The Long Winter2010 Solo Cello. 7 min. Commissioned by Naive Records (FR) for cellist Zachary Miskin.


Tenebre2010 String Quartet and Pre-Recorded Track. 15 min. Commissioned by Kronos Quartet and the Barbican (London).

Tour Eiffel

Tour Eiffel2010 Chorus and Mixed Chamber Ensemble. 15 min. Co-commissioned by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus with St. Ann’s Warehouse, Kaufman Center, Manhattan New Music Project and the Ectstatic Music Festival for performances at St. Ann’s on February 10-12, 2011 and at Merkin Concert Hall on March 12, 2011.

O Shut Your Eyes Against the Wind

O Shut Your Eyes Against the Wind2010 Piano, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Cello, Double Bass and Clarinet. 15 min. Commissioned by the People’s Commissioning Fund and Bang on a Can for the Ecstatic Music Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, NYC on February 10, 2011.

The Long Count

The Long Count2009 Orchestra and 4 singers. 70 min. Co-composed with Aaron Dessner. Commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival, premiered October 28-31, 2009.


Aheym2009 String Quartet. 12 min. Commissioned by Kronos Quartet for the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Soft Premiere March 12, 2009 at the Music Now Festival. NY premiere July 18, 2009 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

The Lincoln Shuffle

The Lincoln Shuffle2009 Brass Ensemble and Electric Guitars. 30 min. Series of short pieces commissioned by the Rosenbach Library for Abraham Lincoln’s Bi-Centennial, premiered April 2, 2009 at the Rosenbach Library.