Philip Glass Performs Glassworks

Written by DEKYA

When I say seminal, I do not use the term lightly. Philip Glass is widely accepted as a composer who has changed the face of music for our time. Now in his seventies, the evidence of his influence is that young people hear nothing unusual in his music. Having composed more than 20 operas, 50 film scores, 8 symphonies and several concertos, he has certainly made his mark – his work is pervasive, not to mention regularly imitated.
Minimal music is a form of art music that employs limited or minimal musical materials. Minimalism began in post–World War II Western art, most strongly with American visual arts in the 1960s and early 1970s
Movements (original instrumentation):
I. Opening (piano, hn) 6′
II. Floe (2fl, 2 ssx, 2 tsx, 2hn, syn) 7′
III. Islands (2fl, 2 ssx, tsx, bcl, 2hn, vla, vc) 8′
IV. Rubric (fl, ssx, tsx, 2hn, org) 6′
V. Façades (2ssx, syn, vla, vc)
VI. Closing – a reprise (fl, cl, bcl, hn, vla, vc, pno) 6′

Interpretation by Branka Parlic in 2005