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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:
  • 22 APR 2018
    Winspear Opera House, Dallas, TX
    The Dallas Opera
    Emmanuel Villaume, conductor
  • 15 DEC 2017
    Teatro Centro Civico Guayaquil, Ecuador
    Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra
    Dante Anzolini, conductor
  • 09 DEC 2017
    Lost Love | Choreography by Jörg Mannes
    Hannover, Germany
    Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover
    Ballet der Staatsoper Hannover; Mark Rohde, conductor

    Other Dates:
    12,26 December; 17,14,20 January 2018; 28 December; 26 January 2018; 2 February 2018 - Hannover, Germany
  • 12 MAR 2017
    St John's Church, Waterloo Road, London, UK
    Philharmonia Britannica
    Peter Fender, conductor
  • 26 APR 2016
    Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid
    Orquesta Nacional de España and conservatory students
  • 08 APR 2016
    Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid, Spain
    National Orchestra of Spain
    Tim Fain, violin; Matt Haimovitz, cello; Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
  • 08 APR 2016
    Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid
    Orquesta Nacional de España
    Katia Lebèque (piano), Marielle Lebèque (piano); Dennis Russell Davies, conductor

    Other Dates:
    9,10 April - Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid
  • 16 NOV 2014
    Forum Meyrin Geneve, France
    Orchestre de Chambre de Meyrin
    Pierre Trefeil , conductor
  • 24 APR 2014
    Zürich, Switzerland
    Philharmonia Zürich
    Vello Pahn, conductor

    Other Dates:
    26,20,16,15,13,9 June; 22,1 May; 30 April - Zürich, Switzerland
    10 May - Neuchâtel, Switzerland
    3 May - Mézières, Switzerland
    26 April - Genf, Switzerland
  • 03 MAY 2013
    QSO Studio Brisbane, Australia
    Queensland Symphony Orchestra
    Benjamin Northey, conductor
  • 13 MAY 2012
    Pforzheim, Germany
    Badische Philharmonie
    Thomas Dorsch, conductor
  • 19 OCT 2011
    Winnipeg, MB
    Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • 03 DEC 2010
    Houston, TX
    Houston Ballet Foundation
    Ermanno Florio, conductor
  • 27 MAR 2010
    Valletta, Malta
    Malta Philharmonic Orchestra
    Michael Laus, conductor
  • 05 DEC 2008
    Houston, TX
    Houston Ballet
    Ermanno Florio, conductor
  • 27 OCT 2007
    Philip Glass Festival Groningen
    Groningen, Holland
    Noord Nederlands Orkest
  • 11 AUG 2007
    Santa Cruz Civic Center, Santa Cruz, USA
    Florida Orchestra
    Marin Alsop, conductor
  • 11 MAR 2007
    Brucknerhaus Linz, Austria
    Bruckner Orchester Linz
    Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
  • 10 MAY 2006
    Kulturhaus Dornbirn, Austria
    Bruckner Orchester Linz
    Dante Anzolini, conductor

    Other Dates:
    11 May - Beethoven-Saal, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Germany
    12 May - Kölner Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany
    13 May - Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 21 FEB 2006
    Linz Theater, Linz, Austria
    Bruckner Orchester Linz
  • 02 NOV 2005
    Brooklyn Academy, New York
    Bruckner Orchestra Linz
    Lauren Flannigan; Dennis Russell Davies, conductor

    Other Dates:
    4,5 November - Brooklyn Academy, New York

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