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PHILIP GLASS / ROBERT WILSON
EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH

As I listened to that five-hour performance, I experienced an amazing transformation. At first I was bored—very bored. The music seemed to have no direction, almost giving the impression of a gigantic phonograph with a stuck needle. I was first irritated and then angry that I'd been taken in by this crazy composer who obviously doted on repetition. I thought of leaving. Then, with no conscious awareness, I crossed a threshold and found that the music was touching me, carrying me with it. I began to perceive within it a whole world where change happens so slowly and carefully that each new harmony or rhythmic addition or subtraction seemed monumental. [Ransom Wilson]


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Philip Glass and Robert Wilson About the Composer

Glass Pages
Philip Glass Discography
The Lost Work of Philip Glass

Cross-References

Philip Glass has been quite prolific as a composer. He based two symphonies on the works of Brian Eno and David Bowie ("Low" and "Heroes"). He also created two operas based on sequels to Doris Lessing's Shikasta ("The Marriages Between Zones Two, Three and Four" and "The Making of the Representative from Planet 8").