Philip Glass at 75


For this New Sounds, we’re celebrating Philip Glass's 75th birthday by listening to excerpts from his works for theatre, film, and dance.  We'll hear from "Einstein on the Beach," (1976) – his first “portrait opera” and a moment that changed music.  Also, we’ll hear a bit from “Koyaanisqatsi” – an important work for film (Godfrey Reggio), the first of the Qatsi trilogy, and one of his most famous pieces.

Then we’ll listen to a work that WNYC commissioned from Philip Glass for the 50th Anniversary of our FM station, his “Etude No. 2.”  Plus, we’ll sample a bit from his song collection, “Songs from Liquid Days,” specifically, one of the songs with lyrics by David Byrne.  (Glass began the project scoring lyrics by Byrne and then thought to collaborate with additional songwriters.)  Rounding out the show, we have music from “North Star,”  a 1977 documentary film on sculptor Mark Di Suvero and a bit of  a dance score for Twyla Tharp.

PROGRAM # 3296, Philip Glass at 75 (First aired on 1/31/2012)                                                         





Philip Glass

Einstein on the Beach

Knee Play I [8:04]

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NYC Opera Orchestra & Chorus, conducted by Christopher Keene


Satyagraha, Act I, Scene 3, “The Vow” [11:36]

Sony #62906**
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Philip Glass Ensemble


Cloudscape [4:32]

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Christopher O’Riley

WNYC 93.9 FM-AM 820, Best of WNYC Live (Commissioned by WNYC for FM’s 50th Anniversary, 1994)

Philip Glass : Etude No. 2 [5:10]

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Philip Glass


Glass/Byrne: Open The Kingdom (Songs From Liquid Days) [7:00]

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Philip Glass

Glass A Portrait of Philip In Twelve Parts

Etoile Polaire (North Star), excerpt [2:35]

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Philip Glass

In The Upper Room

Dance IX [8:00]

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