The Two Brothers by Nico Muhly



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Nico Muhly (b. 1981) has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists and organisations including the Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, pianist Emanuel Ax and mezzo soprano Sophie von Otter, countertenor Iestyn Davies, violinist Oekka Kuusitu, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Paris Opera Ballet, soprano Jessica Rivera, and designer/illustrator Maira Kalman. Recordings of his music can be heard on a variety of labels including Bedroom Community, an artist-run collective Muhly co-founded with Icelandic musician Valgeir Sigurosson in 2007. His writings and full schedule can be found at

Like many nursery rhymes, folk tales and fables, this song covers challenging content.  You may choose to use this as the starting point for extended discussion.

Nico has also written eight more songs for the Friday Afternoons project in 2015. You can find these in our songbank too.

Song Credits

Performance Credits:
Jubilee Opera Chorus
Conductor: Dominic Peckham
Accompanist: Nathan Williamson