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Philip Glass

Publisher: Chester Music

Naqoyqatsi (2001)
Work Notes
Third of the trilogy of films (Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqatsi) directed by Godfrey Reggio;
Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Music for Film / TV
Year Composed
1 Hour 18 Minutes
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  • Ensemble
    Members of the Philip Glass Ensemble
    Yo-Yo Ma, cello
    Michael Riesman
    Sony Classical:
  • 09 APR 2014
    Basel, Switzerland
    Sinfonieorchester Basel
    Matt Haimovitz, violincello; Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
  • 15 AUG 2011
    Edinburgh International Festival 2011
    Playhouse, Edinburgh
    Philip Glass Ensemble
    Michael Riesman, conductor
  • 19 FEB 2006
    QATSI Trilogy Live
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Philip Glass Ensemble
  • 18 DEC 2005
    Cité de la musique, Paris
    Philip Glass Ensemble
  • 02 DEC 2005
    Naqoyqatsi Country Premiere
    QATSI Trilogy Live
    Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff
    Philip Glass Ensemble
  • 14 SEP 2005
    QATSI Trilogy Live
    Lingotto Auditorium, Turin, Italy
    Philip Glass Ensemble
  • 06 JUL 2005
    QATSI Trilogy Live
    Grand Theatre Roumain de Lyon Fourviere, Lyon, France
    Philip Glass Ensemble
  • 03 JUL 2005
    QATSI Trilogy Live
    Poznan, Poland
    Philip Glass Ensemble
  • 03 JUN 2005
    QATSI Trilogy Live
    Rose Theater, New York
    Philip Glass Ensemble
  • 23 MAY 2005
    Naqoyqatsi Country Premiere
    QATSI Trilogy Live
    Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
    Philip Glass Ensemble
    Philip Glass; Michael Riesman, conductor
  • 01 JAN 2001
    Festival Futuro Presente - Effetto Glass
    Philip Glass Ensemble

The 16-minute cenrepiece of the evening was a suite of four so-called Tissues- interludes, really- from Glass's score for Godfrey Reggio's 2002 film, Naqoyqatsi, a visual montage about globalised technology and violence. They were arrnaged for the evening's soloists. A tiny figure would glint from a celeste, be joined by the cello, and then mutate into more forms than could ever be thought imaginable. Or an elegiac cello song, born of an archetypal Glass arpeggio, would be turned to a mirage in the harmonic palette of the marimba and, ballasted by piano, become a type of variations on a ground bass.
Hillary Finch, The Times,28/05/2009
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