Publisher: Chester Music
Hydrogen Jukebox (1990)
commissioned by the Spoleto Music Festival USA, Charleston, SC and the American Music Theater Festival, Philadelphia, PA
Music-theatre piece by Philip Glass, Allen Ginsberg and Jerome Sirlin.
Libretto (English) by Allen Ginsberg.
Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
Operetta / Musical Theatre
1 Hours 30 Minutes
2 Sopranos, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass
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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Philip Glass Ensemble