qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

Glass on Glass

Book Review: Music by Philip Glass, by Philip Glass
This was one of my first buys from Amazon, and it has lain unread on the shelves for several years, mainly because I discovered it was mostly about the "Trilogy" operas - Einstein on the Beach, Satyagraha and Akhnaten, music I wasn't so interested in, though there is a final chapter on other works on-going into the late 1980s. But in fact, it makes for quite engaging reading as Glass describes the creative and logistical processes that went into them, both musically and dramatically; it also goes some way to fill the Glass back-story as the introductory section deals with his time in Paris under the tuition of Nadia Boulanger. It's interesting as far as it goes, but Glass has done a lot of orchestral and soundtrack work since the book was written, so it feels as though a further updated edition, or a new book, would be in order.

I am quite tempted to go and see ENO's forthcoming production of Satyagraha.
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