The music's short flashes and sweeps, LP), Torke says, reminded him of "something in flight, a light spear thrown, perhaps, but not in the sense of a weapon, more in the spirit of a competition. Philip Glass is hip in almost any context. The prolific and expeditious composer who once worked as a cabbie and plumber was tapped to write something for the torch lighting ceremony at the Los Angeles games.
He came up with a five-minute piece called The Olympian belowand later commented: "I can think of no event to compare with the Olympic Games which makes us so conscious of our shared humanity, our common fate. The overly ambitious Orion featured collaborations with seven other composers including Ravi Shankar and Gambian kora player Foday Musa Suso.
If someone brings up Leonard Bernstein for whatever reason, be sure to interrupt, noting that while Bernstein always poised for a party didn't write any music specifically for the Olympics, he did compose a piece for the International Olympic Congress in Baden-Baden. It's always impressive to succinctly connect the pop and classical worlds, and there's no better place to do that than with the Barcelona Olympics.
Sure, the song itself is pure camp, but it provides a perfect excuse to casually throw out a reference or two The Olympics - The Phantom Limbs - Random Hymns (Vinyl Lawrence Levine's book Highbrow, Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in The Olympics - The Phantom Limbs - Random Hymns (Vinyl. It's important to be up on the latest. As in Olympics past, music will again play a significant role in this year's proceedings. The age of instant gratification has caught up with the ancient games, as this year the music for both the opening and closing ceremonies will be released online promptly after each event.
Thank goodness. Filmmaker Danny Boyle TrainspottingSlumdog Millionairethe artistic director of the opening ceremony, and the DJ duo known as Underworld designed and compiled a "soundtrack" for the opening ceremony. The Telegraph reports that Boyle's song playlist has been leaked. The closing ceremony, backed by the excellent London Symphony Orchestra, presents a vaguely titled program called "A Symphony of British Music.
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