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Philip Glass

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


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  • Ensemble
    Bruckner Orchester Linz
    Conductor
    Dennis Russell Davies
    Orange Mountain Music:
  • Ensemble
    Bruckner Orchestra Linz
    Conductor
    Dennis Russell Davies
    Orange Mountain Records:
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