Murder Ballades

From Wind Repertory Project
Bryce Dessner

Bryce Dessner

Subtitle: For Chamber Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Chamber
Publisher: Chester Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


1. Omie Wise - 3:15
2. Young Family - 3:50
3. Dark Holler - 2:25
4. Wave the Sea - 2:00
5. Brushy Fork - 1:45
6. Pretty Polly - 2:40
7. Tears for Sister Polly - 2:55


Flute (doubles Alto Flute)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet (doubles Bass Clarinet)



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Bryce Dessner’s Murder Ballades (recorded for L.A. Dance Project by the American chamber music ensemble Eighth Blackbird) was inspired by American folk songs of the 1930s and ‘40s, specifically murder ballades. Dessner synthesized melodies and concepts from these ballades into a classically-based chamber piece with complex rhythms and a strong pulse. Athletic, playful, and slightly sinister, Murder Ballades is at once a celebration of life and a cautionary tale.

- Program Note from L.A. Dance Project

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Bryce Dessner website Accessed 14 February 2020
  • Dessner, B. (2013). Murder Ballades: For Chamber Ensemble [score]. Chester Music: London.