Symphony No. 8
Music by Philip Glass
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Commissioned by the Bruckner Orchester Linz conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.
November 2, 2005 at Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City (USA) by Bruckner Orchester Linz conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.
My recent symphonies – Symphony No. 5 “Requiem, Bardo and 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.
— Philip Glass, April 2005
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