Repertoire Search

Philip Glass

Publisher: Chester Music

Symphony No. 8 (2005)
Commissioned by Bruchnerhaus, Linz.
Work Notes
in three movements
Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
40 Minutes
Programme Note
Philip Glass Symphony No. 8 (2005)
My recent symphonies - Symphony No. 5 Requiem, Bardo, Nirmanakaya, Symphony No. 6 - (Plutonian Ode), and Symphony No. 7 - A Toltec Symphony - are all driven by text: Symphony No. 5 by Ancient, Classical, and Aboriginal writings; Symphony No. 6 by Allen Ginsberg’s poem; Symphony No. 7 by a transcription of a Native American song. Symphony No. 8 marks a return to symphonic writing based on instrumental music alone. Dennis Russell Davies asked me think of the orchestra as a collection of virtuoso instruments as you would find in a concerto formation. Symphony No. 8 starts from this point in presenting ideas involved with timbre, density, structure, and melody.

PG April 2005

Preview the score:

  • Ensemble
    Bruckner Orchester Linz
    Dennis Russell Davies
    Orange Mountain Music:
  • Ensemble
    Bruckner Orchestra Linz
    Dennis Russell Davies
    Orange Mountain Records:
Close X

Newsletter Signup

Enter your email address to keep up to date with the latest news and special offers from Music Sales Classical.
Your data is secure and you can unsubscribe at any time. Read our Privacy Policy

Click here to receive regular news
© Copyright 2019 Music Sales Classical. Part of the Music Sales Group.