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Publisher: Chester Music

Icarus at the Edge of Time (2010)
Commissioned and produced by World Science Festival (New York) and Southbank Centre (London) with the Royal Society. Co-commissioned by Associazione Festival della Scienza, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Glasgow’s Concert Halls and University of California at Berkeley World Premiere at World Science Festival and European Premiere at Southbank Centre 2010
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Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
35 Minutes
Programme Note
Philip Glass Icarus at the Edge of Time (2010)
Based on the Book by Brian Greene
Music by Philip Glass
Narration by Brian Greene and David Henry Hwang
with Film by Al and Al

What if Icarus travelled not to the sun but to a black hole? This 40-minute full orchestral work is a mesmerizing adaptation of Icarus at the Edge of Time, Brian Greene’s book for children. A re-imagining of the Greek myth, which brings Einstein’s concepts of relativity to visceral, emotional life, it features an original score by Philip Glass, script adapted by Greene and David Henry Hwang, and film created and directed by Al + Al.

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...the weekend's musical climax...
Geoff Brown, The Times,05/07/2010
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