The World Upside Down

The World Upside Down

by Glenn Branca


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The World Upside Down

A "ballet for orchestra in seven movements" performed by the New York Chamber Sinfonia, conducted by Glen Cortese. The first movement, entitled "The Temple of Venus, Pt. 1," gradually unfolds exquisitely beautiful, sustained textures of massed tones, supported by propulsive multi-rhythms. In the second movement, "The Temple of Venus, Pt. 2," the sound clusters wave from side to side like borealis curtains, and the rhythms are placed internally, producing a massive, universal field of sound. The third movement (unspecified as to program) continues this sensuous love of clusters -- here they are more microtonal, and the progression is like a grand Japanese gagaku orchestra, tense chromatics spilling into beauteous pentatonic clusters. The fourth movement begins with accented string choppings (reminiscent of "The Rite of Spring") that develop in harmonic densities, similar to Branca's works with massed guitars. The fifth movement uses various delays of scale patterns and tunings that slowly build into sonorous mountains. The sixth movement, entitled "Fluid Density," also employs patterns closely related in pitch moving at varying rates, creating a sensuous "waving" or "fluid" effect. The final, seventh movement is called "Polyhymnia" and uses the fluid-technique of the previous movement but tunes the patterns to brighter scales, achieving the sensuous texture of the first two movements. A truly magnificent experience in which the listener can willingly get lost.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1994
Label: Atavistic Records
UPC: 0735286191622
catalogNumber: 61916
Rank: 272611

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Glenn Branca   Primary Artist,Guitar
Matt Goeke   Cello
Nancy Ives   Cello
Mark Snyder   Oboe
Carl S. Johansen   Viola
Gregor Kitzis   Violin
Dorothy Lawson   Cello
Victor Rice   Bass
Barry Stern   Viola
Odette Burger   Violin,Concert Master
Daniel Spitzer   Clarinet
Dominic Donato   Percussion
Amy Leonard   Viola
Mark McCormick   Bass
Chris Nappi   Percussion
Frank Cassara   Percussion
Bradley Garner   Flute
Denise Hoff   Clarinet
Kathlem Holcomb   Bass Clarinet
Glen Cortese   Conductor
Robert Johnston   Bass
Norma Latuchie   Flute
Alan Brown   Horn
David Stanton   Clarinet
Thomas Kluge   Viola
Karen Noble   Violin

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