Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Philip Glass

Philip Glass is an American music composer who is someone extremely ahead of his time. Credited as introducing art music to the realm of classic symphony. Known for his repetitive structures that can sometimes draw one into a state of hypnosis, Glass' approach in music composition is a study of minimalism. It is no wonder that he is considered as one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century.

According to his biography on his website:

"In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than twenty operas, large and small; eight symphonies (with others already on the way); two piano concertos and concertos for violin, piano, timpani, and saxophone quartet and orchestra; soundtracks to films ranging from new scores for the stylized classics of Jean Cocteau to Errol Morris's documentary about former defense secretary Robert McNamara; string quartets; a growing body of work for solo piano and organ. He has collaborated with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Yo-Yo Ma, and Doris Lessing, among many others. He presents lectures, workshops, and solo keyboard performances around the world, and continues to appear regularly with the Philip Glass Ensemble."

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