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Publisher: Chester Music

The Photographer (1982)
commissioned by the Holland Festival 1982
Work Notes
Mixed media in three parts by Philip Glass and Rob Malasch. Lyrics (English) by David Byrne
Text Writer
David Byrne
Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Chamber Opera
Year Composed
1 Hour 30 Minutes
chorus (4S, 2Mz)
Soprano, 3 dancers
Solo Instrument(s)
Programme Note
Philip Glass The Photographer (1982)
Flora, in Act 1 only - soprano
Chorus - 4 sopranos, 4 mezzo-sopranos
Muybridge, Flora, Colonel Larkyns - 3 dancers

Music-drama based on the scandal-filled life of the photographer Edward Muybridge, whose motion studies of people and animals made him famous, and whose murder of his wife's alleged lover made him notorious. 'The Photographer' utilizes drama, dance, and slides of Muybridge's photographs. Act I is a 20 minute play with incidental music recounting the circumstances under which Muybridge became a murderer and his subsequent trial and acquittal. Act II is a violin solo with orchestra, accompanied by a slide show of Muybridge's photographs. Act III is a dance involving all the characters.

  • Ensemble
    Philip Glass Ensemble
    Paul Zukofsky, violin
    Michael Riesman
    Sony Masterworks:
  • 07 JUN 2014
    Berlin, Germany
    Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin

    Other Dates:
    27 September - Paris, France
    8 June - Cologne, Germany
  • 17 APR 2013
    Columbia College Chicago
    Andra Velis Simon, conductor

    Other Dates:
    19,20,24-27,18 April - Chicago
  • 17 APR 2013
    Chicago, IL
    Columbia College Chicago
    Andra Velis Simon, conductor

    Other Dates:
    18-27 April - Chicago, IL
  • 01 DEC 2011
    Perm Theatre Perm, RUSSIA
    4'33 Ensemble
    Alexei Aigui, conductor

    Other Dates:
    1,1 December; 31,31 January 2012 - Perm Theatre Perm, RUSSIA
  • 05 OCT 2006
    Lilly Hall of Butler University, Indianapolis, US
    Butler University
    John Green, director; Cynthia Pratt and Melli Hoppe, choreography; John Servizzi, videography; Richard Aulden Clark, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6-8 October - Lilly Hall of Butler University, Indianapolis, US
    20-22 October - Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, US
  • 03 AUG 2001
    Cabrillo Music Festival
    Santa Cruz, California
    Cabrillo Festival Orchestra
    Marin Alsop, conductor

    Other Dates:
    5 August - Santa Cruz, California

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