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Philip Glass: The Photographer

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Apart from the recognizable repetitive patterns and melodies that adorn composer Philip Glass' music, there is also one recurring theme that reappears throughout his rich and illustrious career regardless if it is opera, symphony, theatre piece or soundtrack. That is the lives of luminaries, revolutionaries, discoverers, erudite scholars whose lives, words and actions have made a difference in the world and have inspired his music. In a range that includes Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Pharaoh Ankhnaten, Walt Disney, Galileo Galilei, Yukio Mishima, Allen Ginsberg or the Dalai Lama, these people have, one way or another, provided the creative fuel for ...

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Philip Glass: Visitors

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One of the most important, interesting and intriguing relationships in the world of film is the one shared by a director and composer. As is known, music is an important component of cinematic identity where many film makers that are considered to be “authors" would have lost their recognizability and allure if they didn't work with the same composers time and again. One of the most celebrated working relationships between a director and a film composer is that of director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass. Reggio and Glass have worked on four films together, creating some of the most ...

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Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach

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Philip GlassEinstein on the BeachNonesuch2012 (1993)Music has a tremendous ability to affect human emotions in a very inexplicable manner. It offers a way of communication rooted in emotions rather than in meaning. On the other hand, throughout the ages, music has never lacked controversy and has always been able to create a stir with heated debates, to polarize audiences or simply to provoke a reaction. Be it trumpeter Miles Davis or singer Madonna, composer Beethoven or guitarist Frank Zappa,, singer David Bowie or saxophonist John Zorn, it has always been capable of ...

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Philip Glass: Glass Box - A Nonesuch Retrospective

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Philip GlassGlass Box - A Nonesuch RetrospectiveNonesuch Records2008

Recent studies have proven that music is one of the few disciplines to utilize the entire brain--the left "analytical" side and the right "creative" side. There's no denying the creative aspect of music making, but equally there's a complexity inherent in certain aspects of composition--the determination, for example, that a rhythm in 5/4 and another in 7/4 will intersect every 35 beats--that require rational thinking--problem solving skills, even. The irrefutable logic of harmony makes it clear, even at its most subconscious, that ...



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