Philip Glass

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Born: January 31, 1937    Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Philip Glass

Philip Glass, early protagonist of the Minimalist movement, studied with Milhaud and Nadia Boulanger. His first job, assisting Ravi Shankar on a film soundtrack, heralded the start of his own successful cinema career, and to date he has scored over fifty movies. Early works tended to be abstract, but from the mid-1970s his attention shifted towards the stage. His first operatic triumph, Einstein on the Beach, did much to reinvigorate the international contemporary opera scene. Profoundly interested in traditional cultures, Glass often draws on Eastern traditions, as in Monsters of Grace (1997), a multimedia collaboration based on the writings of Rumi....
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Career Highlights:

1976 premiere of Einstein on the Beach
1983 multiple international awards for Koyaanisqatsi
1985 wins Cannes Special Jury Prize for score to Mishima
1999 Symphony No. 5 commissioned for the millennium by the Salzburg Festival
2002 score to The Hours receives BAFTA Award and nominations for Golden Globe, Grammy and Academy Awards
2007 Writes The Book of Longing based on the poetry and images of Leonard Cohen

Key Works:

Einstein on the Beach
(1976; opera)

(1980; film score, performed live or recorded)

(1983; film score, performed live or recorded)

(1988; choir, orchestra)

Symphony No. 5 ‘Requiem, Bardo, Nirmanakaya’
(1999; choir, orchestra)

Cello Concerto
(2001; cello, orchestra)

Waiting for the Barbarians
(2005; opera)

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