Episode #3296

Philip Glass at 75

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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]

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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]

Orange Mountain Music OMM0056

Comments [1]

April from Manhatttan

Ahhh, the good old bad economic days in Soho, when musicians and artists could afford lofts, and Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Meredith Monk and Steve Reich took flight! Now Soho's a mall, and the atonal new new musicians have most probably fled from Hoboken to Philly, displaced by bankers. No great loss. Life is atonal enough. Two questions/comments: Aknathon's god was Ra, the sun, and he was a manifestation of it, but what's inherently progressive about monotheism? Especially if it's a white guy with a beard and an attitude who doesn't keep the deals he makes with his chosen people and admits he's jealous. Polytheism, ( Gandhi was a HIndu), is a wonder to many, and now gives rise to a thriving economy, while westerners for so long thought our superior monotheism was the root of our success. For women like me to go to India, and see a living Kali or Durga temple is marvelous! Second, Phillip Glass is a Buddhist. Buddhism has zero gods. It has yidams, mind projected for the purpose of meditation, then dissolved, but is atheistic. Alex the Grey Parrot, of the book named the same, understood the concept of zero.

Anyway, Thank you so much for this marvelous music, which I haven't heard in a while but was weaned on. I hope you'll honor that non New Yorker, Terry Riley, who started minimalism, on his birthday too, by playing all his works. Loved his arabic sounding song with drone. My deepest sorrow with is that the Jerusalem Project, which was to be compiled in two CDs and be in your archives, is not where available anywhere in any form. If I'm wrong, please email me at Marvelous sephardic jewish music, arab music and orthodox christian music, all profoundly similar. Also disappeared forever was the fabulous Tritran Project at Avery Fischer Hall. Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde, with orchestra and soloists in the dark below a huge Bill Viola video screen with wondrous images! Tritran walks though fire. When they drink the love potion, they dive into the sea and swim, drowning in love. No DVD available, even in this digital age when all is theoretically saved.

Suggestions: Put Choral Fixations back when it was, but mix it up like the Jerusalem Project. Less American standards on both weekend days, only one? More blues, jazz, black gospel, all the Lomax you can get your hands on to download! Thanks so much! LOVE your show. April

Feb. 01 2012 12:00 AM

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