Composer of the Week: Philip Glass

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Philip Glass in conversation with Donald MacLeod

TV & Radio Information
BBC Radio 3
Monday, January 13, 2014 - 12:00

 

Philip Glass turned 75 in 2012 and to mark the occasion Donald MacLeod hosted a week of exclusive interviews with the composer.

Glass’s music has captured the popular imagination and provided a soundtrack to modern times unlike that of any other composer.

The characteristic rocking chords, sequences of arpeggios and glacially changing textures that make up the ‘Glass sound’ have earned criticism and adoration in equal measures. His prolific output encompasses over 20 operas and nine symphonies as well as several iconic film soundtracks and numerous chamber works. 

Throughout the week he will discuss with MacLeod his early minimalist experiments, the influence of Paris and Nadia Boulanger on the beginning of his musical development, and his collaborations with Ravi Shankar, as well as explaining the evolution of his musical language for the more recent Romantic Eighth Symphony.