Giel Vleggaar’s Dead as Disco takes the listener on an journey back in time, ferried rather unexpectedly on the back of a full orchestra. We are swept up by a loving treatment of disco’s sound and energy made larger than life by the colour and freedom of this symphonic instrument. But it is not to last, and we find ourselves at the end of this gloriously upbeat movement: a rather unfortunate demise at the hands of the gloom and doom of the eighties.
Vleggaar reinterprets pop nostalgia in an orchestral context, with the resulting emotions caleidoscoping from humour to horror. He winks at us as we stop to ponder, who exactly is as dead? The musicians and music of that era? The orchestra currently playing? Or perhaps just all those looking back with rose-coloured glasses?

  • Instrumentation: Orchestra
  • Composed for: De Radio Kamer Filharmonie
  • Commissioned by: Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst / NTR
  • Published by: Donemus