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Kepler (2009)


The city of Linz Austria, beneficent commissioners of Glass' Symphony No.6 "Plutonian Ode"; Symphony No.8 and champions of the composers works during the period Dennis Russell Davies has held the Musikdirektor-ship and the head of the Linz opera which has done many Glass works including recently THE VOYAGE and ORPHEE, has announced the new opera KEPLER for September 2009.

The fascination with scientists continues: Einstein, Galileo, Kepler, and Hawking (Brief History of Time, The Voyage).

5 thoughts on “Kepler (2009)”

  1. I have a feeling about this one: a mature, experienced, Philip Glass, who has collaborated with this orchestra, and Dennis Russell Davies in the past (see above) (with excellent results)–this could be one of Phil’s most important and musically rich and powerful works.
    I can’t wait–I might try to get to Linz to see it–I have a year.
    PS Phil has done some of my favorites, when composing for or about scientists. (see above)

  2. To Proman:
    Phil did ‘Galileo Galilei’ in 2001. (Check this website-Music-Compositions–hit ‘G’, & you will find it.) It was premiered in Chicago in June 2002, directed by Mary Zimmerman (she has worked on other Glass operas’ & is incredible.) Sometimes I get really lucky–I was able to attend the dress rehearsal AND a performance. This super creative performance is on my top 5.
    You may be thinking of a piece Phil was going to write, either on the Spitzer Space Telescope, or the Cassini spacecraft, which is exploring the Saturnian system, & has already come up with some amazing results
    (great website).
    For some reason, this piece did not come about, but Phil is an explorer, going all the way back to ‘Einstein’ and ‘1,000 Airplanes on the Roof’ (which I really would have liked to have seen, & hope maybe it’s performed again in my lifetime. There are many performances I have been able to see, I’m not complaining.)

  3. Fran,
    Thank you so much for your response! I’ve really enjoyed reading it.
    I remember reading about ‘Galileo Galilei’ and being very excited about it and I guess, for some reason, I remembered it as being an upcoming work.
    And you are totally right about ‘1,000 Airplanes on the Roof’. It is a fantastic work with a very unique sound which both embrasses the sounds of the 80’s and transends them. I would love to see it performed too.

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