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Festival Details - "Music of Today: Bryce Dessner"...

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Venture into the haunting, graceful music of enigmatic composer and guitarist Bryce Dessner with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Dessner's music draws on many ideas and influences, from his song-writing as part of rock band The National to his work on film scores including The Revenant and The Two Popes.

Take this opportunity to hear two works that explore his relationship to the music of past composers.

In The Forest, Dessner reflects on and renews the poignant harmonies of early polyphonic music, inspired by 12th-century French composer Pérotin.

Using the rich resonance of seven cellos, the piece layers the harmony with pulsing beats across the ensemble, balanced against moments of intense stillness, until eventually the music gradually fades away.

Dessner wrote that in Lachrimae he was influenced both by John Dowland's piece of the same name and by Bartók's Divertimento for strings.

Dessner's music grows out of ethereal harmonics that burst into life through powerful rhythms flying across the stage.

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