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Philip Glass

Minimalism is what modern culture thrives on, and in effect, Philip Glass and his strange musical ties assisted in the modern classical developmentin the later 21st century. Glass was born five years before the outbreak of WWII on January 31st 1937, to Jewish Lithuanian immigrants.Thankfully, being separated from the rupture in the earth of Europe, Glass was free to grow up alongside his father who was a musical enthusiast.Through his father’s ears, Glass was to discover from an early age many musical genres, mainly classical, from expressionists such as Schoenbergto classic Beethoven. A ...read more

Minimalism is what modern culture thrives on, and in effect, Philip Glass and his strange musical ties assisted in the modern classical developmentin the later 21st century. Glass was born five years before the outbreak of WWII on January 31st 1937, to Jewish Lithuanian immigrants.Thankfully, being separated from the rupture in the earth of Europe, Glass was free to grow up alongside his father who was a musical enthusiast.Through his father’s ears, Glass was to discover from an early age many musical genres, mainly classical, from expressionists such as Schoenbergto classic Beethoven. Additionally, he would begin to learn and play the flute, and from here Glass setupon a musical journey through countless equilibria.

Beginning with his tuition through high school, Glass stumbled across Webern’s serialism. This piece, on unknown designation, had a profoundaffect upon his developing mind, heralding the necessity for him to produce something perhaps similar. After this life changing moment, he travelledto Paris, where he went under the tuition of Nadia Boulanger, a prominent traditional music tutor. Despite Glass’ very true respect for the classicaltechnique expressed within the music of Bach, Mozart Beethoven and alike, he felt hindered by the restrictions that it presented to him - hewanted something more, something new and invigorating. Having this desire, he soon became of his own independence and voyaged into thecompositional world on his own ship.

Psychedelica seemed to have taken its own course upon Glass during the 1960’s as he stubbornly bent classical rules and regulations, furthermorecreating the “Glass Ensemble,” which was to include a variant of instruments to that of standard classical ensembles. Like other artists of thetime, Glass and his alternative lifestyle landed him within the spiritual dwellings of Tibet. This visit was soon to take a hold upon Glass, which neverseemed to let go of him, even to this day. His music at times reflects his initial visits to India and Tibet, having a tribal essence, to timely ostinatopassages, while maintaining a pure minimal timbre. Yet despite this, his music always feels like it could be chained towards the foundation of theclassics, in a strange hypnotic and varied manner.

Through the 1980’s he became quite famous through the release of his conceptual opera “Akhenaten,” and his six piece suite “Glassworks,” bothpresenting a form of new minimalism to the world. He also scored for the highly influential Japanese art film "Koyaanisqatsi" during this decade. Ifrevolution is what Glass was looking for he got it. With each new composition, he pushed new barriers and climbed many rugged walls to overcomethe sometimes negative response towards his ‘bizarre’ ideas about music. But Glass had nothing to worry about, his glass was always half full, andhe continued on with his composition, and also film music. The latter is what inevitably would gain him greater success, financially, but alsopublicly, especially after winning an Academy Award for best score for The Truman Show, one of his most respected compositions.

To this day, Glass has composed hundreds of works, ranging from concertos for saxophone, to genuine symphonies (eight of them), and full scoresfor film. A legendary minimalist composer, he is one of the geniuses of modern classical music. If there is anyone who will decide the directionclassical music follows in the next twenty years, it will certainly be under the keen eye of Philip Glass. « hide

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Symphony No. 9
05/08/2012

3.7
3 Votes
Violin Concerto No. 2, "The American Four Seasons"
2010

3
4 Votes
Itaipu; Three Songs for Choir A Cappella
2010

3
1 Votes
The Orange Mountain Music Philip Glass Sampler Vol
2009

3.5
1 Votes
Symphony No. 8
2006

4.3
4 Votes
Metamorphosis (Branka Parlić)
2006

3.5
4 Votes
A Descent into the Maelström
2002

3.3
2 Votes
The Hours (Soundtrack)
2002

3.7
11 Votes
The Music of Candyman
2001

4.1
4 Votes
Violin Concerto
2000

3.8
13 Votes
"Heroes" Symphony
1997

3
3 Votes
North Star
1995

5
2 Votes
Kronos Quartet perfoms Philip Glass
1995

4
4 Votes
Etudes for Piano, Vol. 1
1994

4.2
9 Votes
Symphony No. 2, for orchestra
1994

3.6
5 Votes
Low Symphony from the Music of David Bowie & Brian
1993

3.5
1 Votes
1000 Airplanes on the Roof
1989

The Thin Blue Line
1989

4.5
1 Votes
Metamorphosis I-V, for piano
1988

4.2
43 Votes
In the Upper Room
1987

3.5
1 Votes
Songs from Liquid Days
1986

3
4 Votes
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (soundtrack)
1985

4.3
6 Votes
Akhnaten, opera
1984

4.3
6 Votes
Koyaanisqatsi
1983

4.2
76 Votes
Glassworks
1982

4.1
88 Votes
Einstein on the Beach
1979

4.1
33 Votes
Satyagraha
1979

4.3
2 Votes
Music in Twelve Parts
1975

4.2
3 Votes
Orion


4
1 Votes
Live Albums
Kepler
2009

5
1 Votes
Compilations
The Concerto Project Vol. IV
2011

4.5
2 Votes
The Concerto Project Vol. III
2008

4.5
1 Votes
The Concerto Project Vol. I
2004

4.5
1 Votes
Solo Piano
1989

4.3
38 Votes

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