Bryce Dessner’s St. Carolyn by the Sea was commissioned and premiered by ACO with the support of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Additional support provided by Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven and Holland Festival.
St. Carolyn by the Sea is based on an episode in the book Big Sur by the Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac. The composer translates Kerouac’s surreal hallucinations into an evocative soundscape. “When I wrote the piece I was in a state of emotional trauma”, admits Dessner. “It has a slight romantic intensity about it and it does shift states. It starts in this kind of sweet longing and then it moves into the more aggressive section and it has, obviously, a kind of triumphant ending.”
St. Carolyn By The Sea