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Violinist Tim Fain on Philip Glass as Mentor

Friday, September 07, 2012

My first encounter with Philip’s music was as a boy, sneaking into the TV room late one night and sitting down with my parents to watch a documentary on the making of Einstein on the Beach.

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The Leonard Lopate Show (2007, 2008)

Friday, September 07, 2012

Today’s archival interviews from 2007 and 2008 feature two appearances on The Leonard Lopate Show, and cover a wide range of topics from working with choreographers to the release of the Glass Box retrospective.

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Meet the Composer with Tim Page (1985)

Thursday, September 06, 2012

On this episode of Meet the Composer from 1985, Glass talks about his days as a student, and the process of breaking the mold to develop a personal sound.

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Survival Kit with Leonard Lopate (2003) and Around New York with John Schaefer (1995)

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

What would Philip Glass need to survive in complete isolation? Find out on this episode of Survival Kit from 2003. The composer opens up about what recordings he would bring along, including some unexpected selections.

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Brooklyn Rider's Nicholas Cords on Breaking the 'Fourth Wall'

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The music of Philip Glass will always be inextricably linked with our very understanding of how to be a string quartet. Early on in our history as Brooklyn Rider, we decided to learn his String Quartet No. 3, which is an adaptation of his score for "A Life in Four Chapters," the brooding 1985 Paul Schrader film about the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima. Despite the relative simplicity of the score's veneer, we quickly discovered a rich inner life to the music and learned much about ourselves in the process.

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Chuck Close on Early Support for Glass from the Visual Arts Community

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

I met Phil in 1964 in Paris where he was studying with Nadia Boulanger and I was on a Fulbright grant to Vienna. We reunited in 1967 through the sculptor Richard Serra when we were both helping him make his early lead prop sculptures. Phil was working as a plumber and actually plumbed my first two lofts in what was to become SoHo.

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Listen: Unreleased Philip Glass Mixtape

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

For this week's mixtape, Richard Guerin of Philip Glass's Orange Mountain Music label culls an hour of unreleased Glass, from a four-guitar arrangement of the composer's third string quartet to a student work from his days with Nadia Boulanger to a sneak peek at his Symphony No. 10.

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New, Old and Unexpected with Tim Page (1978)

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

From a 1978 New, Old and Unexpected with guest Philip Glass, today's archival interview was first broadcast commemorate the radio debut of the composer's 1976 breakthrough opera, Einstein on the Beach.

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Young Glass, New Sounds

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

As part of Music of Constant Change, Q2 Music spotlights archival episodes of WNYC's New Sounds by streaming interviews between host John Schaefer and many of Glass's most important colleagues, including Ravi Shankar and director Robert Wilson.

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Archival Interviews with Philip Glass

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

As part of Music of Constant Change, Q2 Music unearths diverse historic interviews with Philip Glass, collected from the 75-year-old composer's many visits to New York Public Radio.

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Top 10 Essential Philip Glass Recordings

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Philip Glass has been an extremely prolific composer, and has had long associations with two major record labels. Here are 10 recordings that will serve as an introduction to his hugely influential music.

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Kronos Quartet's David Harrington on Glass as Leader

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

For 30 years, the music of Philip Glass has played a large and vital role in the work of Kronos Quartet. His "Mishima" was our very first film soundtrack recording. The only concert we ever played in a graveyard was with Philip in Spain. It was Philip who introduced us to Foday Musa Suso, the great kora player from Gambia. We played "Dracula" together in Canada on the horrifying night that Al Gore won the election and then didn't. Then...

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Palpably Organic: Keyboard Glass

Monday, September 03, 2012

Let’s face it — the piano is organic to Philip Glass. His palpable patterns ring and echo with nostalgia and exuberance. He connects directly to our emotions with those gentle triadic, undulating piano figurations and trademark harmonic changes.

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'The Passion of Ramakrishna' by Philip Glass

Monday, September 03, 2012

Philip Glass began composing for organ early in his career, and in a way, he never really stopped: His orchestration bears a resemblance to the tradition of Bruckner or Franck, treating the sections of the orchestra like the stops on an organ.

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Out of Somewhere

Monday, September 03, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we take an in-depth look at new recordings from Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vivian Fung, and Philip Glass. It’s Glass’s The Passion of Ramakrishna that’s our current Album of the Week as we enter a weeklong festival of the composer: Music of Constant Change.

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Notes from the Beach with Einstein's Helga Davis

Friday, August 31, 2012

About a week ago I got on the subway at 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue and saw it — the advertisement for Einstein on the Beach which will be part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival.

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Giveaways: Philip Glass Boxed Set and Grab Bags

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Throughout Music of Constant Change, Q2 Music will offer several chances to win exciting, essential recordings from Philip Glass's extensive catalog.

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Really Old & Really New with Scott Johnson

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

This week's mixtape comes courtesy of guitarist and composer Scott Johnson who has, for the last 30 odd years, explored the parallels of speech and music while straddling the worlds of popular and classical music.

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Grand Band: Six Piano Takes on Glass, Reich and Wolfe

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

On August 7, Grand Band - New York's new six-piano supergroup - convened for their second-ever gig, featuring music by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe and more.

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Post-Minimalism For A Post-Celebration

Monday, August 27, 2012

The champagne may be flat but we're still riding the celebratory wave of birthday boy Philip Glass's 75th by exploring the fertile genre of post-minimalism that he helped inspire. Tune in this week at 11 am and pm for reworkings, reinventions and revampings of Glass-brand minimalism.

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