Aguas da Amazonia

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Águas da Amazônia, Sete ou oito peças para um balé, is a 1993/1999 musical composition by contemporary classical composer Philip Glass performed by the Brazilian instrumental group Uakti.

Originally composed as a dance score for a ballet company of Belo Horizonte (Grupo Corpo), following the introduction between Uakti and Philip Glass by Paul Simon, it draws inspiration from the Amazon waters with tones of classical, new age and jazz music. The track listing dedicates each song to one of the rivers:

  1. Tiquiê River
  2. Japurá River
  3. Purus River
  4. Negro River
  5. Madeira River
  6. Tapajós River
  7. Paru River
  8. Xingu River
  9. Amazon River

A last title much in the same style but departing from this nomenclature is also part of the album:

  1. Metamorphosis

Glass composed the music which the group performed under the artistic direction of, and with arrangements by, Marco Antônio Guimarães (also at the strings). This was the first time that Glass's music was arranged by another composer. Paulo Sérgio dos Santos and Décio de Souza Ramos Filho played the percussion instruments and Artur Andrés Ribeiro the woodwinds. Regina Stela Amaral and Michael Riesman complemented Uakti's performance of the work at the keyboard. Glass described the result as a true melding of my music with their sensibilities.

External links[edit]

  • Entry on Philip Glass's website.