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Symphony IV (Glass)

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Philip Glass

Philip Glass (trans. Jacco Nefs)

Subtitle: A Symphonic Ballet

General Info

Year: 1996 / 2020
Duration: c. 44:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Dunvagen Music Publisher
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


1. Heroes
2. Abdulmajid
3. Sense of Doubt
4. Sons of the Silent Age
5. Neuköln
6. V2 Schneider


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Flute tutti
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Solo B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Heroes, like the Low Symphony of several years ago, is based on the work of David Bowie and Brian Eno. In a series of innovative recordings made in the late 70s, David and Brian combined influences from world music, experimental avant-garde, and rock and roll, and thereby redefined the future of popular music.

The continuing influence of these works has secured their stature as part of the new “classics” of our time. Just as composers of the past have turned to music of their time to fashion new works, the work of Bowie and Eno became an inspiration and point of departure of symphonies of my own.

Heroes premiered as a dance work by Twyla Tharp (to a recording) in September 1996. World Concert premiere was by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Martin Brabbins on May 15th 1997. The Continental European premiere by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies June 5th 1997.

- Program Note by transcriber


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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