The classical school of rock

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Bryce Dessner (photo Anne Mie Dreves)

Gramophone magazine writes: Jonny Greenwood and Bryce Dessner are just two of a growing number of rock musicians who are writing music for the 'classical' concert hall. Pwyll ap Siôn traces the origins of a musical revolution...

It starts with a trickle.

In 2004 the London Sinfonietta give the first performance of Jonny Greenwood’s smear, for two ondes martenots and ensemble. The Radiohead guitarist is then made composer in residence with the BBC Concert Orchestra. In 2006 Popcorn Superhet Receiver, a 20-minute work for string orchestra, is awarded the Radio 3 listeners’ prize at the BBC British Composer Awards. This is followed in 2011 by two other orchestral works, Doghouse and the soundtrack to the film Norwegian Wood, the latter premiered at the BBC Proms.

Meanwhile, Matthew Bellamy plays an excerpt from ...........

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