Documentary about the composer Philip Glass and his works/performances. Directed by Peter Greenaway, part of the “Four American Composers” series.
[audio:05-philip_glass–vessels-kw.mp3] Philip Morris Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an American 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).
Philip Glass Documentary / Part 1 of 6
Although his music is often, though controversially, described as minimalist, he distances himself from this label, describing himself instead as a composer of “music with repetitive structures.” Although his early, mature music is minimalist, he has evolved stylistically. Currently, he describes himself as a “Classicist”, pointing out that he is trained in harmony and counterpoint and studied Franz Schubert, Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Nadia Boulanger.
Philip Glass Documentary / Part 2 of 6
Glass is a prolific composer: He has written works for his own musical group which he founded, the Philip Glass Ensemble (for which he still performs on keyboards), as well as operas, musical theatre works, eight symphonies, eight concertos, solo works, string quartets, and film scores. Three of his film scores have been nominated for Academy Awards.