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Publisher: Chester Music

Hydrogen Jukebox (1990)
commissioned by the Spoleto Music Festival USA, Charleston, SC and the American Music Theater Festival, Philadelphia, PA
Work Notes
Music-theatre piece by Philip Glass, Allen Ginsberg and Jerome Sirlin. Libretto (English) by Allen Ginsberg.
Publisher
Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Category
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Operetta / Musical Theatre
Year Composed
1990
Duration
1 Hours 30 Minutes
Soloist
2 Sopranos, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass
Programme Note
Philip Glass Hydrogen Jukebox (1990)
SYNOPSIS

Drawing upon Ginsberg's poetry, this music/theatre piece is a portrait of America that covers the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's, seen by the collaborators Glass, Ginsberg and Sirlin. Its content ranges form highly personal poems of Ginsberg to his reflection on social issues: the anti-war movement, the sexual revolution, drugs, eastern philosophy, environmental awareness. The six vocal parts represent six archetypal American characters - a waitress, a policeman, a businessman, a cheerleader, a priest, a mechanic.


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  • Ensemble
    Philip Glass Ensemble
    Conductor
    Martin Goldray
    Nonesuch:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 09 MAR 2013
    Wageningen, Holland
    Atacca Ensemble
    Fokko Oldenhuis, conductor

    Other Dates:
    27 September - Middelburg, Holland
  • 23 FEB 2013
    Hydrogen Jukebox Country Premiere
    Enschede, Holland
    Oldenhuis
  • 24 MAY 2011
    Fort Worth, TX
    Fort Worth Opera Association
    Steven Osgood, conductor

    Other Dates:
    25,26,28,29 May; 1,2,4,5 June - Fort Worth, TX
  • 24 MAY 2010
    Fort Worth, TX
    Fort Worth Opera

    Other Dates:
    25-31 May; 1-5 June - Fort Worth, TX
  • 16 JAN 2009
    Washington, D.C.
    Georgetown University
    Timothy Nelson, conductor

    Other Dates:
    17,18 January - Washington, D.C.
  • 12 JAN 2009
    Nantes, France
    Ars Nova

    Other Dates:
    13,14 January - Nantes, France
    28,29 January - Angers, France
  • 12 JAN 2009
    Théâtre Graslin, Nantes, France
    Opera Nantes; Ars Nova Ensemble Instrumental
    Philippe Nahon, conductor

    Other Dates:
    13,14 January - Théâtre Graslin, Nantes, France
    22,24,26 January - Le grand T, Nantes, France
    28,29 January - Grand Théâtre, Angers, France
  • 26 APR 2007
    Halle, Germany
    Ensemble Creativ
    Erik Kross, conductor

Reviews
Twenty-one years after its premiere, the work remains provocative for its critiques of misjudged wars, corporate abuses and political flimflammery, and its embrace of homosexuality and drug use. Glass's score has his familiar undulations and pulsings, but also surprisingly lush harmonies....gathering emotional intensity.
Scott Cantrell, Opera,10/1/2011
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