Words Without Music

Words Without Music After watching Glass A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts, I was convinced that Philip Glass is an aloof turd Now I believe he is an aloof turd with a heart.If you at least know something about any one of the following things, you will probably enjoy Words Without Music A Memoir Philip Glass, music theory composition, Buddhism, world travel, pretense, yoga, daddy issues, plumbing, vagueness, or NYC in the 60 s and 70 s.As a hardcore fan of PG since high school in 1995 guess who sat at the cool table , I was disappointed that the book didn t get too juicy I wanted a tabloid style self expos , but I got the highlight reel from the giant career of a giant composer.Mr Glass clearly picked and chose what he wanted to write about and what he didn t want to write about That s fair But large swaths of his career and personal life were glossed over, if not excluded I guess that s my main criticism.As a just past being able to call himself young composer myself, I enjoyed this book for its technical discussion of broad music theory I finished this book having gained additions to both my reading and listening lists I also found value in the philosophical discussions on creativity and art I would love to see an On Writing Stephen King style technical discussion about the craft of music composition There s certainly some meandering in this book we get it, you like your vacation home , but it does come to a point, even if it takes a while There is a slightly grim tone to the text it s clearly written from the perspective of an almost eighty year old who is reflecting on his life in words and wants to leave a detailed descriptions of the best parts and some of the worst The book s beautiful in that way There s also a micron of laughter, and some great stories about Glass s artistic contemporaries.So read this book It s written by a creative mastermind and intellectual It teaches you things It lets you about three quarters of the way into his head and there are your reasons to pick it up right now Enjoy. A very warm and human like nice guy at least on the printed page who also has a fascinating life, and knows everyone Philip Glass has not always been my favorite composer, but he has written some of my favorite pieces of music I love Einstein on the Beach and the Mishima soundtrack and parts of the Candyman is great as well There are misses in his long career, but there are also fantastic albums here and there in his long discography This memoir is truly interesting, because it deals with the working life of an American composer I love reading about his life as a teenager working in his dad s record shop in Balti as well as his life as a Taxi Driver in New York City while at the same time, probably one of the most important if not financially successful composers of our era This is an excellent book for someone who wants to make it as an artist composer whatever and see how someone like Glass worked as a labor as well as an artist He could do both and he did it quite well The fact that he took up and lived with Moondog is amazing enough, but also his friendships with various writers and artists from the visual New York City world are equally great I would have liked to have readabout his relationship with fellow composer Steve Reich, but that is a minor fault in this book Over all, Glass doesn t go out of his way to say bad things about people this is not a memoir trying to even the score butof a life of a hard working artist Well written and very interesting tales. This book is the autobiography of Philip Glass, a world renowned composer of art music I have not really appreciated his minimalist style of music, but I truly enjoyed his story This is a guy who really paid his dues, over and over again, before becoming world famous He grew up in Balti, and was strongly influenced by the modern music he listened to, in his father s record store He went to Peabody Institute, University of Chicago, Julliard School of Music, and finally, with a Fullbright Scholarship, studied under the tutelage of the famous Nadia Boulanger, in Paris.While he composed his music and produced performances and operas, he worked as a furniture mover, a plumber, and a taxi cab driver in New York City With his wife, he toured through Pakistan and India, learning about Indian music with Ravi Shankar, and Eastern culture.Glass tells his story with humor and excitement I loved the episode where his mother, Ida Glass, worried so much about his financial future as a composer When she attended one of her son s concerts for the first time, there were only six people in the audience The next time she attended her son s concert, there were four thousand people in the audience Philip Glass composed a lot of music, and some of it is very experimental He wrote many operas, symphonies, a lot of chamber music, and scores for films He produced some of his earliest operas on a shoestring budget, but were sold out His opera Einstein on the Beach lasts four and a half hours As a composer myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the feeling of enthusiasm and love for music that he conveys throughout the book I recommend this book to anyone who might be interested in a biography of a very interesting person. If you don t know what to do, there s actually a chance of doing something new As long as you know what you re doing, nothing much of interest is going to happen Philip Glass, Words Without Music BOTWhttp www.bbc.co.uk programmes b05rnx7hDescription The long awaited memoir by the world renowned composer of symphonies, operas and film scores If you go to New York City to study music, you ll end up like your uncle Henry, Glass s mother warned her incautious and curious nineteen year old son It was the early summer of 1956, and Ida Glass was concerned that her precocious Philip, already a graduate of the University of Chicago, would end up an itinerant musician, playing in vaudeville houses and dance halls all over the country, just like his cigar smoking, bantamweight uncle One could hardly blame Mrs Glass for worrying that her teenage son would end up as a musical vagabond after initially failing to get into Juilliard Yet, the transformation of a young man from budding musical prodigy to world renowned composer is the story of this memoir.From his childhood in post World War II Balti to his student days in Chicago, at Juilliard, and his time in Paris, where he studied under the formidable Nadia Boulanger, Glass movingly recalls his early mentors while reconstructing the places that helped shape his artistic consciousness Then, to the gritty streets of New York in the 1970s, where the composer worked as a cabbie, leading the life of a Parisian bohemian artist transported to late twentieth century America.Yet even after Glass s talent was first widely recognized with the sensational premiere of Einstein on the Beach in 1976, even after he stopped renewing his hack license and gained international recognition for his operatic works, the son of a Balti record store owner never abandoned his earliest universal ideals, all of the highest artistic order 1 5 Philip Glass recalls his Balti childhood and being accepted at Chicago University2 5 Funding himself by working in a Balti steel mill, the young Glass secures a place at Juilliard and begins his music studies in earnest New York City in the late 1950s was a heady place, offering a range of creative opportunities He soon found himself immersed in the city s vibrant contemporary art scene.3 5 In the mid 1960s, and keen to expand his musical knowledge further, Glass went to Paris to study with the acclaimed teacher of musical composition Nadia Boulanger While there, and working with the likes of Samuel Beckett, he developed his life long interest in composing music for theatre.4 5 After decades working day jobs to fund his music, Philip Glass finally broke through with the opera Einstein on the Beach Collaborating with director Robert Wilson, the five hour production sold out each night during its 1976 European and American tour and made the pair s careers.5 5 Asked to write the score for visionary 1982 documentary Koyaanisqatsi, Glass discovered a new avenue for his musical composition He later worked with Martin Scorsese, writing the soundtrack for Kundun 1997.Reader Kerry ShaleWriter Philip GlassAbridger Laurence WareingProducer Kirsteen CameronMusic Track Opening Knee Play 5 Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass 1979 Original Philip Glass Kundun 15 Move To Dungkar Openings and closings, beginnings and endings Everything in between passes as quickly as the blink of an eye An eternity precedes the opening and another, if not the same, follows the closing Somehow everything that lies in between seems for a momentvividI absolutely loved this I ve never considered myself a soundtrack or film score nerd, but it is the music genre that I predominantly listen to I follow some composers work religiously, recognize pieces in an instant, and most of the times you ll hear me say I haven t seen the film, but the soundtrack is amazing I am that annoying I got to see Philip Glass Kronos Quartet a couple of years ago, in my hometown, playing music to the screening of 1931Draculain a summer theatre It goes without saying that Glass is one of my favourite composers andThe Hoursone of my favourite soundtracks ever His catalogue is beyond impressive and to read about how he got to compose some of his most famous works was a real treat He is also an incredible storyteller The chapters do not follow his life chronologically, rather themes and threads, moments and people he met throughout his career I loved his meditations on art and music, the story of Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha, of working with Mlle Boulanger on his music technique, his friendship with Doris Lessing and Allen Ginsberg, and other inspiring or amusing anecdotesWait a second, have you seen Taxi Driver No, I didn t see Taxi Driver You didn t see Taxi Driver Marty, I was a taxi driver During the time when you were making that film, I was out driving a hundred miles a night in New York City On my night off, the last thing I was going to do was see a movie called Taxi Driver Yeah, that Marty I m definitely planning on re reading it, if not the entire book, at least some of my favourite chapters. Absolutely incredible read If you re a musician or an aspiring musician, especially if you re a composer, or even if you re none of those things, read this if you want to be inspired and liberated of your notions about fame, art, and life as an artist Colorful, inspiring, and completely engaging. From BBC Radio 4 Extra The long awaited memoir by the world renowned American composer of symphonies, operas and film scores, Philip Glass My obsession with Philip Glass music is probably a type of mania There I am, sitting, just listening to the same couple of notes being played over and over again, sometimes for hours And I love it Glass memoir thankfully doesn t follow his trademark repetitive style Instead he has produced a really wonderful account of his life, specifically focussing on his early years We follow him from childhood, through his early music lessons, to Juilliard, to Paris, to India, and beyond His sheer dedication to becoming a great composer is inspiring However, the memoir is slightly off kilter The book is just shy of 400 pages, and yet his chapter on his first major masterpiece, Einstein on the Beach, does not come until page 283 almost at the final quarter You see Glass spends a lot of time discussing his great musical education but then decides not to actually discuss the great works that he would go on to produce In fact, all of the discussion of his actual music is relegated to the final hundred pages Everything from Einstein to now, in one hundred pages.The absences are glaring There is no mention of Glassworks for example, apart from a single sentence on its commission In The Upper Room, Dance, Songs from Liquid Days, and Dracula don t get a single mention Almost criminally, there is also no word on Metamorphosis, Mad Rush or any of his Etudes, which are by far his most popular works I understand that if he did actually discuss all of his major works, the book would have been a behemoth But strangely he decides to dedicate a whole chapter, the final chapter, to his Cocteau Trilogy, which I doubt anyone would refute my saying are very much minor works within his oeuvre I feel he just needed someone beside him as he was writing to say to him, this is all well and good Phil but how about you write about some of your famous ones However, I do think I am expecting too much Glass has had an amazing life, peppered with wonderful people and stories I shall decide to take those stories with me I guess I ll just have to ask Glass myself about In the Upper Room. A 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 Yet Here In Words Without Music, He Creates An Entirely New And Unexpected Voice, That Of A Born Storyteller And An Acutely Insightful Chronicler, Whose Behind The Scenes Recollections Allow Readers To Experience Those Moments Of Creative Fusion When Life So Magically Merged With Art If You Go To New York City To Study Music, You Ll End Up Like Your Uncle Henry, Glass S Mother Warned Her Incautious And Curious Nineteen Year Old Son It Was The Early Summer Of , And Ida Glass Was Concerned That Her Precocious Philip, Already A Graduate Of The University Of Chicago, Would End Up An Itinerant Musician, Playing In Vaudeville Houses And Dance Halls All Over The Country, Just Like His Cigar Smoking, Bantamweight Uncle One Could Hardly Blame Mrs Glass For Worrying That Her Teenage Son Would End Up As A Musical Vagabond After Initially Failing To Get Into Juilliard Yet, The Transformation Of A Young Man From Budding Musical Prodigy To World Renowned Composer Is The Story Of This Commanding MemoirFrom His Childhood In Post World War II Balti To His Student Days In Chicago, At Juilliard, And His First Journey To Paris, Where He Studied Under The Formidable Nadia Boulanger, Glass Movingly Recalls His Early Mentors, While Reconstructing The Places That Helped Shape His Artistic Consciousness From A Life Changing Trip To India, Where He Met With Gurus And First Learned Of Gandhi S Salt March, To The Gritty Streets Of New York In The S, Where The Composer Returned, Working Day Jobs As A Furniture Mover, Cabbie, And An Unlicensed Plumber, Glass Leads The Life Of A Parisian Bohemian Artist, Only Now Transported To Late Twentieth Century AmericaYet Even After Glass S Talent Was First Widely Recognized With The Sensational Premiere Of Einstein On The Beach In , Even After He Stopped Renewing His Hack License And Gained International Recognition For Operatic Works Like Satyagraha, Orph E, And Akhnaten, The Son Of A Balti Record Store Owner Never Abandoned His Earliest Universal Ideals Throughout His Memorable Collaborations With Allen Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, Robert Wilson, Doris Lessing, Martin Scorsese, And Many Others, All Of The Highest Artistic OrderFew Major Composers Are Celebrated As Writers, But Philip Glass, In This Loving And Slyly Humorous Autobiography, Breaks Across Genres And Re Creates, Here In Words, The Thrill That Results From Artistic Creation Words Without Music Ultimately Affirms The Power Of Music To Change The World

Philip Glass is a three time Academy Award nominated American classical music composer He is considered one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century and is widely acknowledged as a composer who has brought art music to the public along with precursors such as Richard Strauss, Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein.His music is described as minimalist, from which he distanced himself

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  • Words Without Music
  • Philip Glass
  • 12 June 2018
  • 9780871404381

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