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Publisher: Chester Music

Symphony No. 8 (2005)
Commissioned by Bruchnerhaus, Linz.
Work Notes
in three movements
Publisher
Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Category
Orchestra
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
2005
Duration
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
    Conductor
    Dennis Russell Davies
    Orange Mountain Music:
  • Ensemble
    Bruckner Orchestra Linz
    Conductor
    Dennis Russell Davies
    Orange Mountain Records:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 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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