Philip Glass

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Nominated for 2007 Film Composer of the Year in the World Soundtrack Academy awards.

Annotation last modified on 2007-09-29 16:20 UTC.


Philip Morris Glass (born January 31, 1937) is a classical American composer. He is considered one of the most influential music makers of the late 20th century. His music is also often controversially described as minimal music, along with the work of the other "major minimalists" La Monte Young, Terry Riley and Steve Reich.

Glass has distanced himself from the "minimalist" label, describing himself instead as a composer of "music with repetitive structures". Though his early mature music shares much with what is normally called "minimalist", he has since evolved stylistically. Currently, he describes himself as a "classicist", pointing out that he is trained in harmony and counterpoint and studied such composers as Franz Schubert, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Nadia Boulanger.

Glass has founded his namesake musical group, the Philip Glass Ensemble, with which he still performs on keyboards, and has written operas, musical theatre works, ten symphonies, eleven concertos, solo works, chamber music including seven string quartets and instrumental sonatas, and film scores. Three of his film scores have been nominated for Academy Awards.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Music With Changing Parts Philip Glass 4 3
1974 Music in Twelve Parts, Parts 1 & 2 Philip Glass 3 1
1979 Einstein on the Beach Glass; The Philip Glass Ensemble, Michael Riesman 4.25 4
1980 Dance Nos. 1 & 3 Philip Glass 3 1
1982 Glassworks Philip Glass 5 6
1983 The Photographer Philip Glass 4 3
1985 Satyagraha Philip Glass; New York City Opera Orchestra, New York City Opera Chorus, Christopher Keene 2
1986 Songs From Liquid Days Philip Glass 4 2
1987 Akhnaten Philip Glass; The Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Dennis Russell Davies 2
1988 Dance Nos. 1-5 Philip Glass 1 3
1989 1000 Airplanes on the Roof Philip Glass 2
1989 Solo Piano Philip Glass 3 2
1990 Music in Twelve Parts (1975/1987 recording) Philip Glass 1
1990 Passages Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass 2 2
1990 Minimalist Adams, Glass, Reich, Heath; London Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Warren-Green 4
1992 Trivium Arvo Pärt, Peter Maxwell Davies, Philip Glass; Christopher Bowers-Broadbent 3
1993 “Low” Symphony Philip Glass 3.5 3
1993 Itaipu / The Canyon Philip Glass; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Robert Shaw 2 1
1993 Glass Organ Works Philip Glass 1
1993 Hydrogen Jukebox Philip Glass 2 1
1993 Barber / Dvořák / Glass Barber, Dvořák, Glass; The Duke Quartet 1
1994 Two Pages / Contrary Motion / Music in Fifths / Music in Similar Motion Philip Glass 4 1
1995 Kronos Quartet performs Philip Glass Philip Glass; Kronos Quartet 3.5 1
1996 Music in Twelve Parts Philip Glass 4 2
1997 "Heroes" Symphony: From the Music of David Bowie & Brian Eno Philip Glass 4
1998 Symphony No. 2 / Interlude from Orphée / Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra Philip Glass 1
1998 Circles (piano: Arturo Stalteri) Philip Glass 1
1998 Symphony No. 2 Philip Glass 1
1999 the CIVIL warS, a tree is the best measured when it is down Philip Glass 1
1999 Aguas da Amazonia Philip Glass 1
1999 Minimal Piano Works, Volume I (Piano: Jeroen van Veen) Philip Glass 1
1999 Piano Music Philip Glass 2
2000 Maximum Minimalists Steve Reich, John Adams, Terry Riley & Philip Glass 1
2000 Violin Concerto / Prelude and Dance from Akhnaten / Company Philip Glass; Ulster Orchestra, Takuo Yuasa, Adele Anthony 1
2000 Glass Cage Philip Glass, John Cage; Bruce Brubaker 1
2000 Symphony No. 5: Requiem, Bardo, Nirmanakaya Philip Glass 1
2001 Music in the Shape of a Square Philip Glass; Alter Ego 1
2001 Early Keyboard Music Philip Glass; Steffen Schleiermacher 1
2001 Music for Organ Philip Glass, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent; Kevin Bowyer 1
2002 Early Voice Philip Glass 1
2002 Glass Reflections Philip Glass; Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico, Elias Arizcuren 1
2003 Piano Music of Philip Glass Philip Glass; Aleck Karis 1
2003 Etudes for Piano, Volume 1: Nos. 1-10 Philip Glass; Philip Glass 1
2003 Music From the Thin Blue Line Philip Glass 1
2003 600 Lines / How Now Philip Glass; Alter Ego 1
2003 The Orphée Suite Philip Glass 1
2004 Dennis Russell Davies Performs Philip Glass: Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra and Selections from Passages Philip Glass; Dennis Russell Davies, The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra 1
2004 The Concerto Project, Volume I (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic feat. conductor: Gerard Schwarz) Philip Glass 1
2004 Music in Fifths (Bang on a Can) Philip Glass 1
2004 Symphonies nos. 2 and 3 Philip Glass; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop 1

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