New Music for Silent Art Films

For this New Sounds, hear three works of music for silent art films, including “The BQE,” a film and musical suite by Sufjan Stevens exploring New York City's infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The work premiered in 2007 and was scored for a wind and brass ensemble, string players, a horn section, projected film footage of the expressway and five hula hoopers. We’ll also hear selections from Koyaanisqatsi by Philip Glass, and another contemporary silent film with live score – “Light Is Calling” from Michael Gordon.

PROGRAM #2996, New Music for Silent Art Films (First aired on Wed. 10-28-09)





Sufjan Stevens

The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway

Prelude on the Esplanade [2:55]
Movement 1: In the Countenance of Kings [5:19]
Movement III: Linear Tableau with Intersecting Surprise [4:09]
Movement IV: Traffic Shock [3:24]
Movement VI: Isorhythmic Night Dance with Interchanges [3:17]

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Philip Glass

Koyaanisqatsi 1998 Extended Version

Vessels [8:00]
Pruit Igoe [7:53]
Cloudscape [4:32]

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Michael Gordon

Light is Calling

Light is Calling [7:03]

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