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Façades

composer
1981

 
Façades was composed in 1981 and written for two saxophones or two flutes and strings. This music was originally intended as part of the score for Godfrey Reggio’s film Koyannisqatsi, which means ‘unbalanced life’ in the language of the Hopi Indians. The visual work it accompanied consisted of scenes from New York’s Wall Street on a Sunday morning, and without actors and dialogue, depicts a clash of cultures; of a technology driven city life and the balance of nature. Apocalyptic images of an empty New York show façades and skyscrapers in Manhattan’s deserted Wall Street district.

It was not used for the intended film, but has since become a staple of the live performances of the Philip Glass Ensemble and was included in Glasspieces, the production put on at the New York City Ballet in the spring of 1990, choreographed by Jerome Robbins.

from notes by Signum Classics © 2008

Recordings

Façades
SIGCD158Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD158 track 5

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-09-15805
Duration
9'13
Recording date
1 October 2006
Recording venue
Serendipity Studio, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Tim Redpath
Recording engineer
Chris Thorpe
Hyperion usage
  1. Façades (SIGCD158)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: March 2009
    Download only
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