Mythologies is Thomas Bangalter’s first independent orchestral work. Initially commissioned by the choreographer Angelin Preljocaj for the ballet of the same name and premiered by the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine under the direction of Romain Dumas, Mythologies sees the co-founder of Daft Punk reinventing his approach to composition.
The project dates back to Autumn 2019, when Angelin Preljocaj invited Thomas Bangalter to compose a new work to mark several years of collaboration with the Opéra National de Bordeaux. The piece was intended for ten dancers from the Opéra National de Bordeaux’s ballet company, ten others from Preljocaj’s own company, and the house’s resident orchestra. This invitation arrived at the very moment that Bangalter was itching to write for a full orchestra.
The work of this album comprises twenty-three scenes and, as the name suggests, draws on ancient and modern myths that reflect and shape all of humankind.