Entry into Philip Glass

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Entry into Philip Glass

Postby raptor1056 » Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:13 am UTC

I've heard, on numerous occasions, a song that made me go, "Ooh! Cool!" Many of these times, thecomposer of said piece is Philip Glass. But, Glass has a rather extensive number of compositions. What are some of his better known pieces, to get me started?

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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby scrt_rbt_agnt » Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:20 am UTC

i don't really listen to mr glass outside of hearing his music in movies, but i suggest you read his wiki page. it might help you narrow down what timeperiod of his work you are looking for:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Glass
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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby galuf » Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:43 am UTC

I'd say:
Glassworks - Songs from Liquid Days
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I listen the entire albums, I don't find it that great to listen to this kind of music just song by song...besides sometimes the ending of a song is the beginning of the next one...as in The Dark Side of the Moon.

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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby TheAmazingRando » Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:41 am UTC

I really like his album Solo Piano. Probably one of the most depressing/beautiful albums I know.

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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby superdounutman14 » Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:20 am UTC

I like his string quartets a lot.

That, and some of his film-scores (The Truman Show and The Hours are good picks)

Phillip Glass is very consistent with his good-ness, so you'll be fine with whatever you get.
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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby robby hobby » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:53 am UTC

string quartet no. 5 ends with a fantastic "ooh cool". 4 is cognitively-wonderful. they're all exceptionally fun to play. kronos quartet made a cd of them just for you

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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby Sandry » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:35 am UTC

I don't know if it's "most famous," but Einstein on the Beach is excellent.

I haven't really found that there's a "here is the piece Philip Glass is known for." Maybe I'm missing out, too, though. :)

On the topic of film scores, Koyaanisqatsi makes me deeply happy, and I recommend it to anyone interested in Glass.
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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby iusername » Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:38 am UTC

who is philip glass?
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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby achan1058 » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:57 am UTC

Some 20th's century classical/contemporary composer, a minimalist, to be exact. In fact, he's surprisingly one of the classical composers which we listen to and is still alive.

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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby Briareos » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:21 am UTC

I recommend his Violin Concerto.
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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby nuggetmonkey » Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:28 am UTC

I recommend something free.

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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby icelizarrd » Sat Dec 19, 2009 9:57 am UTC

"Two Pages" is quite pretty, but warning that it's pretty hardcore minimalism. It's close to a half hour long, repeating the same phrase, except Glass sloooooowly builds and varies the phrase by duplicating or removing smaller elements of the phrase. (I've actually only listened to it all the way through once. Kinda have to be in the right mood.)

Also, this echoes the solo piano recommendation, but for a more specific suggestion, the Metamorphosis cycle is nice.

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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby olubunmi » Sat Dec 19, 2009 2:06 pm UTC

I played a few pieces from metamorphosis (1 and 3 if I remember right) and the opening of glassworks, and I must say I prefered the latter.
I prefer playing this kind of music over listening to it, but I'll check out some of the pieces mentioned in this thread soon.

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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby IceFlake » Sat Dec 19, 2009 9:29 pm UTC

Lots of great recommendations here. I also suggest that if you like Philips Glass, you give Michael Nyman a try.

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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby tzvibish » Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:35 pm UTC

This is great stuff (the Orange Mountain Sampler on Amazon). Thanks for the heads up!
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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby Chavroux » Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:22 am UTC

icelizarrd wrote:"Two Pages" is quite pretty, but warning that it's pretty hardcore minimalism. It's close to a half hour long, repeating the same phrase, except Glass sloooooowly builds and varies the phrase by duplicating or removing smaller elements of the phrase. (I've actually only listened to it all the way through once. Kinda have to be in the right mood.)

On Youtube there's an upspeed version (10 minutes) with the notes along the music.
Personally I think it's more interesting to listen to it without the partitions (while driving for example), because it's fun to discover patterns in it. Just concentrate on a high or low note and start counting repetitions of motives (and impress your friends by pointing out the exact moment when a pattern will change (not that your friends will care, they'll just hate you for making them listen to it)).

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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby Dustin » Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:19 am UTC

To anyone else considering him: DON'T GO ANYWHERE NEAR EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH!

It's the one thing of his I've listened to that is completely insufferable.
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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby PlayingMonkey » Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:44 pm UTC

Dustin wrote:To anyone else considering him: DON'T GO ANYWHERE NEAR EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH!

It's the one thing of his I've listened to that is completely insufferable.

To each his own. I personally found it quite good and fascinating.

Glass is a NY composer/plumber. There are various interviews with him and his work online and in books. I find his work fantastic.
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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby Sandry » Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:37 am UTC

/: I really like Einstein on the Beach.

I don't know that all of it is of equal quality, but stay away from the whole thing? Sadface.
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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby 1337geek » Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:13 pm UTC

nuggetmonkey wrote:I recommend something free.

Thanks for the link. I saw Philip Glass on the Colbert Report this week, and then I saw this thread. I'll have to check out that sampler.
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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby JordanM » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:47 am UTC

I've been listening to more and more Philip Glass lately. I should be getting his solo piano scores recently and the film Koyaanisqatsi is incredible.

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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby TheAmazingRando » Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:12 am UTC

La Belle et la Bête.

Never seem to hear much about this one. Glass took Jean Cocteau's gorgeous, ethereal 1946 film (it's hard to put into words how amazing the cinematography is, you just have to see it for yourself) and wrote an opera that synchronizes with it perfectly. The Criterion Collection DVD lets you watch the film with Philip Glass's opera in place of the original soundtrack (it was originally performed as a mixed-media piece, with the film playing in the background) and the combination is haunting and damn near sublime.

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Re: Entry into Philip Glass

Postby el_loco_avs » Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:00 am UTC

I'll recommend an obvious choice:

the Koyaanisqatsi soundtrack. Amazing and fairly accessible.
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