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In 1975 Philip Glass's music was largely ignored by the more traditional, contemporary classical music world. Today "Einstein on the Beach", "Satyagraha", and "Akhnaten" have become three of the most highly regarded of 20th-century operas, enjoyed by audiences for their evocative meditations on men who altered the course of history through their inner visions. As a result, Philip Glass has emerged as today's most significant and innovative American composer. 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 and working with Ravi Shankar to "translate" his scores for Western musicians, to his immersion in the avant-garde theater of Mabou Mines, LaMama, and Robert Wilson. Here are the sudden obstacles and enormous toil involved in mounting and performing his three revolutionary operas, as well as the full libretti and discussions of the music by the composer. Equally revealing are his reflections on the successful "Glassworks", "Songs from Liquid Days", and the film scores for "Koyaanisqatsi" and "Mishima". With a new foreword, new photos, and updated discography, "Music by Philip Glass" remains an essential companion for avid Glass listeners or for anyone interested in rhythmically rich, epic, cutting-edge music.
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