New music from Jonny Greenwood was debuted on the most recent installment of NPR’s Tiny Desk Live performance collection. Though the Radiohead guitarist wasn’t bodily readily available for the recording, he and NPR enlisted the skills of the Ensemble Sign music group to carry out two of his compositions, “Three Miniatures from Water” and “88 (No. 1)”, on violin, piano, cello, and extra.
Impressed by French composer Olivier Messiaen, “Three Miniatures from Water” was initially written in 2018, however the Tiny Desk Live performance marks the primary time it’s ever been carried out stay. It was “initially a sketch for an Australian Chamber Orchestra fee in 2014,” in keeping with Greenwood, including, “I assumed it’d be simpler to method writing for full orchestra by beginning with a piano miniature and scaling it up. In actual fact, solely a few of the materials made it to the ultimate fee, and I at all times felt the unique three miniatures hung collectively properly sufficient as its personal piece of music.”
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As for “88 (No. 1)”, the work additionally nods to Messiaen’s materials earlier than “turning into a celebration of the mechanical nature of the piano.” Greenwood defined additional, “The performer has to place fingerless gloves on midway by means of, partly in tribute to the immortal Glenn Gould, and partly as a result of the method requires some painful hammering. However don’t let that idiot you into pondering the music is darkish or indignant: It’s — or is supposed to be — joyful.”
Greenwood additionally praised NPR’s Tiny Desk Live performance collection for with the ability to seize the “rawness” of artists,
It’s good to see musicians within the uncooked, away from stage lighting and backing tracks — as in the event that they’ve simply stopped by an workplace to play over a lunch break, with desk-bound workers watching on. The performances ought to expose flaws, however as a substitute they have an inclination to show musicians being casually sensible, just like the members of Ensemble Sign, who definitely play these items fantastically.
Watch the total session under.
Actually joyful to have a Tiny Desk live performance of my music out immediately. I like these classes – the entire Tiny Desk again catalogue is price exploring when you don’t understand it. Enormous due to Ensemble Sign (good gloves), and to Bob and Tom at NPR. https://t.co/IXr67kPxS4
— Jonny Greenwood (@JnnyG) Could 20, 2019
Greenwood is anticipated to debut a brand new composition, Horror vacui, in London in September as a part of this yr’s BBC Proms collection. He and the remainder of Radiohead had been lastly inducted into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame earlier this yr.