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by David Bowie
by David Bowie
Not long after Bowie's death in early 2016, "Gramophone.co.uk" journalist Philip Clark posted an homage of sorts under the title "David Bowie's Blackstar". Although written from a position where classical music plays its part (composer Philip Glass based two symphonies, "Low" and "Heroes," on Bowie's work), today's track gets a mention in the lead-up to Clark's input on the work of Glass, the final "Blackstar" release from David, and their connections in a classical instrumental sense:
Philip Clark . Thursday 21st January 2016
With its looped arpeggios and mallet percussion instrumentation, "Weeping Wall", from "Low", is a valentine to American minimalism. When Philip Glass, two decades later, returns the favour with his "Low" and "Heroes" symphonies - essentially composed embellishments of Bowie's material for full symphony orchestra - "Heroes" (the song) is turned into a deadening chorale, while the mood of electro-dystopia that characterises "Sense of Doubt" is needlessly lightened with prim orchestration primer ordinariness, and the very specific aims of Bowie's compositional ideals become clear. (In 1976, when Bowie raised his hand in a gesture that looked suspiciously like a Nazi salute - an allegation he strenuously denied and blamed on a cocaine high - another connection with modern composition was forged. It was Cornelius Cardew, seconded by the free improviser Maggie Nicols, who reported Bowie to the Musicians' Union, demanding his membership be terminated.) [It never was though.]
[ More..... http://www.gramophone.co.uk/blog/gramophone-guest-blog/david-bowie-blackstar ]
The "Low" long-play release got to No. 2 in the UK Albums chart in February 1977, spending a total of 30 weeks in the Top 100 for LPs. It peaked at No. 11 in the US Billboard 200 listings a couple of weeks later.
1977 - RCA Victor - United Kingdom - Instrumental track from the album "Low".
Posted: 16th May 2019