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News - Glenn Branca's 21st Century Philharmonic

Glenn Branca performing in the 1980s, courtesy Hallwalls' archive
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Iconic composer Glenn Branca passed away over the weekend at 69. Best known for his electric guitar 'Symphonies' and his involvement with the Downtown avant-garde scene in 1970s and 80s New York City, the gravelly provocateur was also a notorious musical omnivore, despite the singular nature of his own music.
 
In 2007, Branca envisioned a season of orchestral programming in The New York Times, writing: 'If New York had a full-time symphony orchestra that only played music from the 20th and 21st centuries it might be called the 21st Century Philharmonic and its first season might look something like this'.
 
Peruse select scores from Branca’s hypothesis below, which also would have commissioned new works from Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon, and commemorated the life of kindred firebrand Julius Eastman. He shall be greatly missed.
 
JOHN ADAMS
Shaker Loops | score | Spotify
Harmonium | score | Spotify
Harmonielehre | score | Spotify
 
GEORGE ANTHEIL
Ballet mécanique | score | Spotify
A Jazz Symphony | score | Spotify
 
JOHN BARRY
The Best of Bond | score
 
JOHN ALDEN CARPENTER
Skyscrapers | score | Spotify
 
ELLIOTT CARTER
Holiday Overture | score | Spotify
 
PHILIP GLASS
Symphony No. 5 Requiem, Bardo, Nirmanakaya | scores: vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3 | Spotify
Symphony No. 6 Plutonian Ode | Spotify
Symphony No. 7 A Toltec Symphony | score | Spotify
Symphony No. 8 | score | Spotify
Selections from the CIVIL warS
Akhnaten, selected scenes | Spotify
 
MICHAEL GORDON
Decasia | scores: vol. 1, vol. 2 | Spotify
 
BERNARD HERRMANN
A Portrait of Hitch | YouTube
 
DAVID LANG
Fur
 
GUSTAV MAHLER
Symphony No. 10, movement I | score
 
OLIVIER MESSIAEN
L'Ascension | YouTube
La Ville d’en haut | Spotify
Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum | Spotify
Chronochromie | Spotify
 
ALEXANDER MOSOLOV
The Iron Foundry | Spotify
 
MICHAEL NYMAN
The Draughtsman's Contract for Orchestra | score
 
TERRY RILEY
In C | YouTube
 
 

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