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PHILIP GLASS  

(b 1937 )

Philip Glass (b. 1937) discovered “modern” music while working as a teenager in his father’s Baltimore record shop. When he graduated with a master’s degree in composition from Juilliard in 1962, he had studied with William Bergsma, Vincent Persichetti and Darius Milhaud. His early works subscribed to the twelve-tone system and other advanced techniques. But in spite of some success (including a BMI Award and a Ford Foundation Grant), he grew increasingly dissatisfied with his music. “I had reached a kind of dead end. I just didn’t believe in my music anymore,” he said. A 1964 Fulbright Scholarship brought him to Paris, where he studied with Nadia Boulanger and met Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitar virtuoso. In their different ways, those two individuals transformed his work. Boulanger, in his words, “completely remade my technique,” and Shankar introduced him to “a whole different tradition of music that I knew nothing about.” He rejected his previous concepts and developed a system in which the modular form and repetitive structure of Indian music were wedded to traditional Western ideas of melody and simple triadic harmony.

After returning to the United States in 1967, he formed the Philip Glass Ensemble: three saxophonists (doubling on flutes), three keyboard players (including himself), a singer and a sound engineer. Embraced by the progressive art and theatrical community in New York City during the early 1970s, the Ensemble performed in art galleries, artist lofts and museum spaces rather than traditional performing art centres. It soon began to tour and make recordings, providing Glass with a stage on which to première and promote his ever-growing catalogue of works. It established him as a contemporary voice with something personal and thought-provoking to say, and since those heady early days he has never looked back. Although he has sometimes been labelled a “minimalist” along with composers such as Steve Reich and Terry Riley, Glass rejects the term.

For more information, please visit www.philipglass.com.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
GLASS Of Beauty and Light (International Version) Naxos 8.503202
GLASS Of Beauty and Light (US Version) Naxos 8.503202
PÄRT The Silence of Being Naxos 8.506015

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A TO Z OF CLASSICAL MUSIC (The) (2nd Expanded Edition, 2000) Naxos Educational
8.555319-20
Concertos
Accordion Recital: Miki, Mie - DAQUIN, L.-C. / RAMEAU, J.-P. / SCARLATTI, D. / HANDEL, G.F. / JACOBI, W. / SCHUBERT, F. / BRAHMS, J. (S'il vous plait) BIS
BIS-CD-1804
Instrumental
ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA (THE): Program 1: Music for the Theater / Program 2: What Makes A Masterpiece? (G. Schwarz) (NTSC) Naxos
2.110348
Classical Concert
AMERICAN CLASSICS SAMPLER Naxos
8.559118
Concertos
BACH, J.S. / GLASS, P.: Organ Music (Apkalna) Oehms Classics
OC1827
Instrumental
BACH, J.S.: Concerto for 2 Violins, BWV 1043 / CLYNE, A.: Prince of Clouds / GLASS, P.: Echorus (Two x Four) (Jennifer Koh, J. Laredo) Cedille
CDR90000-146
Orchestral
BRYARS, G.: Sub Rosa / GLASS, P.: Facades (Sentieri Selvaggi Plays Gavin Bryars and Philip Glass) (Sentieri Selvaggi) Cantaloupe Music
CA-21048
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - DESSNER, B. / MUHLY, N. / LOTT, R. / GLASS, P. (FILAMENT) (eighth blackbird) Cedille
CDR90000-157
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - GLASS, P. / BIEGAI, C. / BLINKO, T. / DUBRA, R. (Berlin Counterpoint) (Clair-Obscur Saxophone Quartet) Solo Musica
SM217
Chamber Music
Classical Chill Naxos
8.520101
Concertos
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN OPERAS (4-DVD Box Set) (PAL, NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1179BD
Opera DVD
EVANS, R.: String Quartet No. 1 / GLASS, P.: String Quartet No. 2 / ANTHEIL, G.: String Quartet No. 3 / HERRMANN, B.: Echoes Naxos
8.559354
Chamber Music
GLASS, P.: Concerto Fantasy for 2 Timpanists and Orchestra (arr. M. Lortz) / FAIROUZ, M.: Symphony No. 4 (University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Popiel) Naxos
8.573205
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
GLASS, P.: Dreaming Awake / Etudes, Books 1 and 2 (excerpts) / The Illusionist Suite / Metamorphosis II (Levingston, Hawke) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92205
Instrumental
GLASS, P.: Einstein on the Beach (Châtelet, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7173D
Opera DVD
GLASS, P.: Einstein on the Beach (Châtelet, 2014) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1178D
Opera DVD
GLASS, P.: Glass Essentials (Horvath) (LP release) Grand Piano
GP752LP
Instrumental
GLASS, P.: Glassworlds, Vol. 1 - Piano Works and Transcriptions (Horvath) Grand Piano
GP677
Instrumental
GLASS, P.: Glassworlds, Vol. 2 - Etudes, Books 1 and 2 (Horvath) Grand Piano
GP690
Instrumental
GLASS, P.: Glassworlds, Vol. 3 - Metamorphosis I-V / Trilogy Sonata / The Late, Great Johnny Ace: Coda /A Secret Solo / Sonatina No. 2 (Horvath) Grand Piano
GP691
Instrumental
GLASS, P.: Glassworlds, Vol. 4 - Hours (The) / Modern Love Waltz / Notes on a Scandal / Music in Fifths (On Love) (Horvath) Grand Piano
GP692
Instrumental
GLASS, P.: Glassworlds, Vol. 5 - Mad Rush / Metamorphosis II / 600 Lines (Enlightenment) (Horvath) Grand Piano
GP745
Instrumental
GLASS, P.: Music in Fifths / Two Pages (5THS) (Bang on a Can All-Stars) Cantaloupe Music
CA-21016
Chamber Music
GLASS, P.: Perfect American (The) (Teatro Real, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7129D
Opera DVD
GLASS, P.: Perfect American (The) (Teatro Real, 2013) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1117D
Opera DVD
GLASS, P.: Satyagraha (Wurttemberg State Theatre, 1983) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100136
Opera DVD
GLASS, P.: String Quartet No. 5 / Dracula (excerpts) / String Sextet (Carducci String Quartet, O'Duill, Rosefield) Naxos
8.559766
Chamber Music, Film and TV Music, Chamber Music
GLASS, P.: String Quartets Nos. 1-4 (Carducci String Quartet) Naxos
8.559636
Chamber Music
GLASS, P.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 Naxos
8.559202
Orchestral
GLASS, P.: Violin Concerto / Company / Prelude from Akhnaten Naxos
8.554568
Orchestral, Concertos
GLASS, P.: Violin Concerto / Company / Prelude from Akhnaten Naxos
8.559056
Orchestral, Concertos
GLASS: Symphony No. 4, 'Heroes' / The Light Naxos
8.559325
Orchestral
HARTKE, S.: Meanwhile / ETEZADY, R.: Damaged Goods / MAZZOLI, M.: Still Life With Avalanche (eighth blackbird) Cedille
CDR90000-133
Chamber Music
Mandolin Quartets - COPLAND, A. / DVORAK, A. / BERNSTEIN, A. / GERSHWIN, G. / MARSHALL, M. (Americana) (Modern Mandolin Quartet) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92157
Instrumental
MUSIC TO DIE FOR Naxos
8.557411
Concertos
Piano Recital: Levingston, Bruce - LISZT, F. / BRAHMS, J. / RIHM, W. / GLASS, P. (Night Break) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92144
Instrumental
PSALMS OF JOY AND SORROW Naxos
8.559445
Choral - Sacred
RUTTER, J.: Suite Antique / GLASS, P. / FRANCAIX, J.: Harpsichord Concertos (Lewis, West Side Chamber Orchestra, Mallon) Naxos
8.573146
Concertos
SONIC REBELLION - Alternative Classical Collection Naxos
8.570760
Orchestral
STORY OF AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558164-65
Concertos
STRINGS (Eternal) Naxos
8.578027
Concertos
Violin Recital: Fain, Tim - PUTS, K. / GLASS, P. / KERNIS, A.J. / ZHURBIN, L. / DANIELPOUR, R. / BOLCOM, W. / HIGDON, J. (River of Light) Naxos
8.559662
Instrumental
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