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PHILIP GLASS  

(b 1937 )

The American composer Philip Glass has enjoyed a degree of popularity unusual among contemporary composers. A pupil of Nadia Boulanger, he was influenced too by the Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and has won a reputation as an exponent of minimalism, based on the systematic repetition of a motif, modified or extended.

Stage Works

Glass’s stage works Einstein on the Beach (1975–6), in collaboration with Bob Wilson, Satyagraha (1980) and Akhnaten (1983) have won particular favour in some quarters. He has written a number of theatre works since, including Hydrogen Jukebox (1990).

Film Music

Glass has written a number of successful film scores, including The Hours and The Truman Show.

Orchestral Music

Philip Glass has developed the expressive power of his music in a phase that may be described as post-minimalist. His Violin Concerto of 1987 is a lyrical and dramatic work, written in a style characteristic of his compositions of the period, three years after the first performance of Akhnaten.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF CLASSICAL MUSIC (The) (2nd Expanded Edition, 2000) Naxos Educational
8.555319-20
Concerto
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
Concerto
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
Classical Chill Naxos
8.520101
Concerto
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.: Glassworlds, Vol. 6 - Piano Concerto No. 2 (solo) / Wichita Vortex Sutra / Music in Contrary Motion (Horvath) Grand Piano
GP817
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.: String Quartet No. 5 / Dracula (excerpts) / String Sextet (Carducci String Quartet, O'Duill, Rosefield) Naxos
8.559766
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 No. 1 / Company / Prelude from Akhnaten Naxos
8.559056
Orchestral, Concerto
GLASS, P.: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Company / Prelude from Akhnaten (Anthony, Ulster Orchestra, Takuo Yuasa) Naxos
8.554568
Orchestral, Concerto, Orchestral
GLASS, P.: Violin Concerto No. 2, "American Four Seasons" / Violin Sonata (Plawner, Vila, Bern Chamber Orchestra, P. Bach) Naxos
8.559865
Chamber Music, Concerto
GLASS: Symphony No. 4, 'Heroes' / The Light Naxos
8.559325
Orchestral
GRAND PIANO - THE KEY COLLECTION: 3 Centuries of Rare Keyboard Gems Grand Piano
GP753-55
Instrumental
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
Concerto
MY PLAYLIST FOR BAKING Naxos
8.578344
Instrumental
Percussion Music - GLASS, P. / DRUCKMAN, J. / CONNORS, S. / DILLON, R. / MARTIN, P. / SKIDMORE, D. (Paddle to the Sea) (Third Coast Percussion) Cedille
CDR90000-175
Chamber Music
Piano Recital: Levingston, Bruce - LISZT, F. / BRAHMS, J. / RIHM, W. / GLASS, P. (Night Break) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92144
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Lin, Jenny - ANDERSEN, D. / BAEZ, V. / BURTZOS, A. / COOPER, D. / GLASS, P. / GRAFE, M. (The Etudes Project, Vol. 1 - Iceberg) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92236
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
Concerto
SONIC REBELLION - Alternative Classical Collection Naxos
8.570760
Orchestral
STORY OF AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558164-65
Concerto
STRINGS (Eternal) Naxos
8.578027
Concerto
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
Violin Recital: Markowicz, Marcin - KORNGOLD, E.W. / ROTA, N. / SCHNITTKE, A. / GLASS, P. (Different Things) CD Accord
CDAccordACD235
Chamber Music
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