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Music by Philip Glass

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In Music by Philip Glass, he tells of his musical struggle and growth, from the Juilliard School, through his studies in Paris with the great teacher Nadia Boulanger (whose other students included Aaron Copland and Virgil Thomson) and working with Ravi Shankar to 'translate' his scores for Western musicians, to his immersion in the avant-garde theater of Mabou Mines, LaMam ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 1987)
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Feb 09, 2009 B added it
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I read the first few chapters and skimmed a bit of the rest before deciding now was not the time for me to read this book. I've had ambivalent feelings towards Philip Glass's music and for the past few years have been searching for something to set my opinion in stone, one way or the other. What I learned from this book was that I should see one of his operas and let it convince me, one way or the other. This book will probably be a treasure for Philip Glass fans who are familiar with the works ...more
Mar 02, 2009 Sam rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Looking for insight into the compositional genius that is Philip Glass was my primary goal in reading his autobiography. What I found instead was nibbles of something much larger. Focusing primarily on theatre and opera production Mr. Glass touched casually on the compositions for his famous theatre music. Quickly he elaborated on his rhythmic cycles "wheels within wheels" song structure, which was facinating, and his modulation and cadence theories. His love for experimentation was also refresh ...more
Allan Cronin
I am an unashamed long time fan of Philip Glass and his music. I bought and read this within months of its publication and it satisfied my hunger for all things Glass. But this is not just fan or groupie literature. Glass is an interesting writer and his accounts here do help give insight to the man and his work. If you already dislike Glass' music then, obviously you will not like this book but if you are interested on any level you will find this book useful and actually a fun read.
Nov 03, 2007 David rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Philip Glass as well as people who want to know more about contemporary composers
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Philip Glass' autobiography is a surprisingly dry and sober, yet unfailingly interesting, look at this seminal and extraordinary modern American composer. I don't think it's possible to listen to Glass' music the same way after reading it. His output is spectacularly uneven - some of his music produces tears & sobs, while some of it is embarassingly awful - but he is devoted to a very particular worldview and this book will help you to understand it.
Mike Banino
A sort of musical autobiography from a man who can, at times, come off as less than approachable. Fascinating and insightful. Lots of musical notation and analysis for those who read, understand, or otherwise appreciate the mechanics and theory of composition.
Mar 20, 2007 Ryan added it
I wrote a paper on it! Not as boring as you might think, but pretty boring nonetheless. You know how his music tends to repeat itself? Well...
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Philip Glass is a three-time Academy Award-nominated American classical music composer. He is considered one of the most influential composers of the late-20th century and is widely acknowledged as a composer who has brought art music to the public (along with precursors such as Richard Strauss, Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein).

His music is described asminimalist, from which he distanced himself
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