What in the world is Philip Glass up to?


While we like nothing better than looking back on the musical marvels of yesteryear, we also frequently wonder why so many contemporary composers and musicians get so little attention in the online world. To remedy that, at least in part, we’ll be sharing what some of our contemporaries are up to here on the blog and in a weekly digest that we’re launching in a couple of weeks.

If you’re a supporter of the arts, don’t forget to subscribe to the Viva Virtuoso YouTube channel to catch our next episode and a bunch of other goodies in March.

Music with Changing Parts

We’re starting this little series with one of our favorite contemporaries, Philip Glass. If you follow Glass on Twitter or elsewhere, you might have noticed that he had a quite an evening at Carnegie Hall on February 17th.

The Carnegie Hall performance was, by all accounts a tremendous success and the SF Gate recently had this to say about the octogenarian composer:

No composer has left a more pervasive or distinctive stylistic imprint on Western classical music in the last half a century than Philip Glass.

Life Out of Balance

For those not terribly well-acquainted with Glass’ work, we highly recommend spending a little quality time with some of his opus. For starters, the above mentioned concert is available in full on Medici.tv until May. To take a deeper dive into the work of Philip Glass, set aside a weekend for Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance, for which Glass composed the experimental film’s remarkable score.

In the meantime, we’ll be keeping tabs on Glass and others, to see what they’ll do next.

Featured image by: MITO SettembreMusica [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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