The Olympian: Lighting of the Torch and Closing
Official music of the 23rd Olympics
Music by Philip Glass
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Commissioned by the 1984 Olympic Committee for the Opening of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles
I can think of no event to compare with the Olympic games which makes us so conscious of our shared humanity, our common fate. The torch lighting ceremony strikes me as the essential symbol, the summing up, of this, our shared consciousness. Surely it is a rare event in the life of any artist when he is asked to make a personal contribution to such a public event. It has made this for me a uniquely challenging and inspiring experience.
— Philip Glass
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