compositions

The Canyon

A dramatic episode for orchestra

1988

18′

Music by Philip Glass

CAST:
2.pic.2.2.2/4.3.2.btbn.1/pf/timp.8 perc (SD, TD, BD, t.bells, glsp maracas, 4wdbl, tgl, tamb, ratchet)/ pno/ str, 2fl, 2ob, 2cl in Bflat, 4hn in F, 2 trmb, bass trmb, tuba, strings (2vn, vla,vc, db) glock, maracas, snare dm, t dm, bass dm, 4 or 6 timpani, piano.

COMMISSION:
Commissioned by the Voorheen ADM Oudegracht, The Netherlands

PREMIERE:
October 18, 1988 by the Rotterdam Philharmonic conducted by Reinbert de Lieuwe.

NOTES:
“The Canyon” is the second piece of a series of symphonically conceived “portraits of nature” (preceded by “The Light” and followed by “Itaipu”). The composition does not refer to a particular canyon; it is based on an idealized canyon of the imagination.

PUBLISHER:
Dunvagen Music Publishers
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AVAILABLE SCORES

The Canyon at musicsalesclassical.com

RELATED RECORDINGS

Itaipu / The Canyon on Sony Masterworks

CATEGORIES

Orchestral