NA Words without Music

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Words without Music

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9780571323746: Words without Music

World-renowned composer of symphonies, operas, and film scores, Philip Glass has almost single-handedly crafted the dominant sound of late twentieth-century classical music. In Words without Music, he creates an entirely new and unexpected voice: that of a born storyteller and insightful chronicler, whose behind-the-scenes recollections allow one to experience the moments of creative fusion when life magically merges with art.The transformation of a young man from budding musical prodigy to world-renowned composer is the story of this commanding memoir. From his childhood in post-World War II Baltimore to his student days in Chicago, at Juilliard, and his first journey to Paris, where he studied under the formidable Nadia Boulanger, Glass recalls his early mentors, while reconstructing the places that shaped his artistic consciousness. From a life-changing trip to India, where he met with gurus, to the gritty streets of New York in the 1970s, where he worked day jobs as a furniture mover, cabbie, and unlicensed plumber, Glass leads the life of a Parisian bohemian artist transported to twentieth-century America.Even after Glass' talent was first widely recognized with the sensational premiere of Einstein on the Beach in 1976, he never abandoned his ideals throughout his collaborations with such artists as Allen Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, Robert Wilson, Doris Lessing, and Martin Scorsese. And in this loving and slyly humorous autobiography, Philip Glass re-creates in words the thrill that results from artistic creation, ultimately affirming the power of music to change the world.BONUS FEATURE: Includes "Etude No. 2," written and performed by Philip Glass

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Philip Glass was born in Baltimore in 1937 and studied at the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. The composer of operas, film scores, and symphonies, he performs regularly with the Philip Glass Ensemble and lives in New York.

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“Warm, low-key and often delightful.... A portrait of a composer who rose to prominence almost entirely outside of the usual institutions.... Words Without Music reads the way Mr. Glass’s compositions sound at their best: propulsive, with a surreptitious emotional undertow.”
- Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times

“Lively and colorful.... Glass is one of the most articulate composers around. Insight and practical common sense pervade his new book.... With a composer’s sense of form, Glass returns, in the final pages, to his youth, the subject that elicits his most evocative writing.”
- Kyle Gann, New York Times Book Review

“Glass, a key figure of musical minimalism, was one of the first composers to reject a distinction between “ethnic” music and Western classical music, and in this memoir he explains how he came to view a composition not as a linear narrative but as progressive rhythmic sequences.”
- The New Yorker

“Philip Glass's place in musical history is secure.”
- The New Yorker

“America's most significant symphonist.”
- Los Angeles Times

“An icon of the avant-garde.”
- Fader

“The most prolific and popular of all contemporary composers.”
- New York Times

“An engaging memoir of an adventuresome, iconoclastic career...Writing with warmth and candor, Glass portrays himself as driven, self-confident and tenaciously determined to invent his own, radically new musical language.”
- Kirkus Reviews

“No matter your opinion of Glass’ music, you will like Glass the man....Aspiring musicians and artists will learn much from Glass, as will general readers, musical or not, who will discover an artistic life exceptionally well lived.”
- Booklist, Starred Review

“Philip Glass has written a fascinating account of his life with recollections of family, teachers, and friends. From his childhood in Baltimore to his studies with Ravi Shankar and Nadia Boulanger and the collaborations with Robert Wilson, Allen Ginsburg, Godfrey Reggio, and Martin Scorsese, among others, Glass offers insights to his music and personal life. Words Without Music will be a pleasure to read, not only for musicians (although they will particularly enjoy it) but for anyone interested in the world of art.”
- Paul Simon

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