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“HEROES” AND LOW SYMPHONIES by PHILIP GLASS from the music of DAVID BOWIE and BRIAN ENO

20 September 2024 8:00 pm

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In 1977 David Bowie relocated to Berlin, where with electronic and ambient music architect Eno as producer, and in the shadow of the wall which divided the city, they created two of the most distinctive albums in rock history. 

Low and “Heroes” employed Eno’s bleak audio landscapes and Bowie’s evocative lyrics and sense of melody, to create brooding compositions and world building sonic collages.

Twenty years later influential composer and leading light in music with repetitive structures, Philip Glass, was in turn inspired by Bowie and Eno’s stark soundscapes to create two seminal classical works – the Low and “Heroes” symphonies. 

In his symphonies Glass finds additional layers to the works which inspired him, and brings a sense of drama, emotional impact, and warmth to the chill of the original works.

“My approach was to treat the themes very much as if they were my own and allow their transformations to follow my own compositional bent when possible. In practice, however, Bowie and Eno’s music certainly influenced how I worked, leading me to sometimes surprising musical conclusions. In the end I think I arrived at something of a real collaboration between my music and theirs.” Philip Glass

Here then is a wonderfully intense symphonic journey, which takes the musical essence of Bowie and Eno’s creations and re-expresses them through Glass’s unmistakeable and hypnotic brand of alchemy, setting the ghosts of the original works in poetic, shining relief, through the filter of another equally iconoclastic and unique genius.

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