Boosey & Hawkes is pleased to announce that Thomas Bangalter, co-founder of Daft Punk, has signed a new agreement to publish the music from his ballet score Mythologies. The full evening ballet, choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj, has been touring France and Italy and its first recording is released by Erato in April. Individual tableaux from the 90-minute orchestral score are now available for concert performance.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 6 February 2023
Boosey & Hawkes, a Concord company, is delighted to welcome Thomas Bangalter’s ballet score Mythologies to its catalogue. Most recognised as a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning duo Daft Punk, Thomas Bangalter collaborated with Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo between 1993 and 2021, exploring technology and the interface between man and machine. The new agreement extends Thomas Bangalter’s relationship with Concord Music Publishing.
Thomas Bangalter composed Mythologies, his first orchestral work, as a collaboration with celebrated choreographer Angelin Preljocaj. The full-evening 90-minute ballet was performed with ten dancers from the Opera National de Bordeaux and ten from the Compagnie Angelin Preljocaj, accompanied by the orchestra of the Opéra National de Bordeaux conducted by Romain Dumas. Following its premiere at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux in July 2022, the production undertook a 37-date tour to Biarritz, Lyon, Antibes, Aix-en-Provence, Rouen, and travelled to the Festival Aperto in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Autumn 2022 saw a sequence of sold-out performances at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. The ballet is scheduled for a further run at the Théâtre National de Marseilles between 8 and 11 June this year.
> Watch a trailer of the Mythologies ballet
Erato has announced the release of the first recording of Mythologies, due for global release on 7 April, and has released a digital taster track, L'accouchement, drawn from the ballet. The recording features the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine conducted by Romain Dumas (Warner Classics 5419745384).
> Listen to L'accouchement on Spotify
> Pre-order the new Mythologies recording from our Online Shop
Over his creative career to date Thomas Bangalter has composed for various ensembles for Daft Punk projects, the soundtrack to the film Tron: Legacy (2010), and the album Random Access Memories (2013), often entrusting the arrangements and orchestration to others in the past. Mythologies (2022) is his first solo project focused on the complete compositional spectrum, employing classical forces without recourse to electronics. Mythologies, whose title references the 1957 book of essays by Roland Barthes, is a response to choreographer Angelin Preljocaj’s aim to explore contemporary rituals and founding myths that shape the collective imagination. Individual tableaux include L’accouchement, Le Minotaure and Pas de deux.
"I consider music composition to be an experimental and empirical attempt to solve a mysterious equation. Yet the result remains transcendent, far beyond the limits of experience."
About Thomas Bangalter
Thomas Bangalter is a French musician, born in 1975 to a dancer mother and a composer father. With Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo he founded the duo Daft Punk (1993-2021). He has been working for 30 years on the relationship between humans and technology. He has collaborated, both within Daft Punk and on a personal basis, with Hofesh Shechter, Spike Jonze, Giorgio Moroder, Michel Gondry, Stevie Wonder, Leiji Matsumoto, Peter Lindbergh, Richard Phillips, Kanye West, Nile Rodgers, Julian Casablancas, Paul Williams, Pharrell Williams, Gonzales, Arcade Fire, Matthieu Chedid, The Weeknd, Disney Studios and Gaspar Noe. He was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 2010. Daft Punk's album Random Access Memories won the Grammy award for Album of the Year in the United States in 2014. He is also a director of photography. He lives and works in Paris.
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About Boosey & Hawkes
Boosey & Hawkes, a Concord company, is the world’s leading publisher of contemporary classical music. Its blue-chip catalogue of 20th-century masters includes Bartók, Bernstein, Britten, Copland, Prokofieff, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Strauss and Stravinsky alongside an eminent front list of composers that includes John Adams, Harrison Birtwistle, Unsuk Chin, Anna Clyne, Brett Dean, Detlev Glanert, Osvaldo Golijov, HK Gruber, Karl Jenkins, Elena Kats-Chernin, Magnus Lindberg, James MacMillan, Steve Reich, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Eric Whitacre.
About Concord Music Publishing
Concord Music Publishing is a global, full-service, independent music publisher offering bespoke creative support from its A&R, Synchronization and Marketing teams and diligent administration by its in-house Copyright, Licensing, Income Tracking and Royalty departments. Based in Nashville with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London and Berlin, Concord Music Publishing owns or administers more than 600,000 copyrighted musical works. Spanning nearly two centuries of song, through a vast array of genres and territories, Concord represents the world’s most celebrated songwriters, composers and lyricists.
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