Philip Glass (RBMA New York 2013 Lecture)
One of the greatest American composers at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York.
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Along with Steve Reich, Philip Glass’ minimalist compositions transformed the world of classical music and, eventually, popular music in general. Glass’ early epiphanies occurred in Paris during his time in the mid-’60s studying under Nadia Boulanger and working with Ravi Shankar. Throughout the ’70s Glass refined his work, resulting in career-defining compositions like Music in 12 Parts and Einstein on the Beach. In the process he became a popular sensation, a serious composer who wasn’t willfully obscure or too difficult to understand. Glass’ stunning soundtrack work for films like The Thin Blue Line and The Hours has only elevated his standing as one of America’s greatest living composers.