Philip Glass

Apr 15, 2010, 7:17 PM |

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).

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.

I am not sure about what is so attractive to me in most of Glass' music. The tones like fluttering swallow wings that shuttle back and forth, the feeling of pistons pumping forwards, moving you along a neverending journey. Such a drive!