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0120150427

012015042720150428 (R4)

The long-awaited memoir by the world-renowned composer of symphonies, operas and film scores.

'If you go to New York City to study music, you'll end up like your uncle Henry,' Glass's mother warned her incautious and curious nineteen-year-old son. It was the early summer of 1956, and Ida Glass was concerned that her precocious Philip, already a graduate of the University of Chicago, would end up an itinerant musician, playing in vaudeville houses and dance halls all over the country, just like his cigar-smoking, bantamweight uncle. One could hardly blame Mrs. Glass for worrying that her teenage son would end up as a musical vagabond after initially failing to get into Juilliard. Yet, the transformation of a young man from budding musical prodigy to world-renowned composer is the story of this memoir.

From his childhood in post-World War II Baltimore to his student days in Chicago, at Juilliard, and his time in Paris, where he studied under the formidable Nadia Boulanger, Glass movingly recalls his early mentors while reconstructing the places that helped shape his artistic consciousness. Then, to the gritty streets of New York in the 1970s, where the composer worked as a cabbie, leading the life of a Parisian bohemian artist transported to late-twentieth-century America.

Yet even after Glass's talent was first widely recognized with the sensational premiere of Einstein on the Beach in 1976, even after he stopped renewing his hack license and gained international recognition for his operatic works, the son of a Baltimore record store owner never abandoned his earliest universal ideals, all of the highest artistic order.

Reader: Kerry Shale

Writer: Philip Glass

Abridger: Laurence Wareing

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron

Music details:

Track: "Opening"

CD: Glassworks

Label: CBS

Track: "Bebop"

CD: Charlie Parker, The Original Bird: The Best Of Charlie Parker 1944-1949

Label: Savoy.

Philip Glass recalls his Baltimore childhood and being accepted to Chicago University.

012015042720150428 (R4)

Philip Glass recalls his Baltimore childhood and being accepted to Chicago University.

0120150427

The long-awaited memoir by the world-renowned composer of symphonies, operas and film scores.

'If you go to New York City to study music, you'll end up like your uncle Henry,' Glass's mother warned her incautious and curious nineteen-year-old son. It was the early summer of 1956, and Ida Glass was concerned that her precocious Philip, already a graduate of the University of Chicago, would end up an itinerant musician, playing in vaudeville houses and dance halls all over the country, just like his cigar-smoking, bantamweight uncle. One could hardly blame Mrs. Glass for worrying that her teenage son would end up as a musical vagabond after initially failing to get into Juilliard. Yet, the transformation of a young man from budding musical prodigy to world-renowned composer is the story of this memoir.

From his childhood in post-World War II Baltimore to his student days in Chicago, at Juilliard, and his time in Paris, where he studied under the formidable Nadia Boulanger, Glass movingly recalls his early mentors while reconstructing the places that helped shape his artistic consciousness. Then, to the gritty streets of New York in the 1970s, where the composer worked as a cabbie, leading the life of a Parisian bohemian artist transported to late-twentieth-century America.

Yet even after Glass's talent was first widely recognized with the sensational premiere of Einstein on the Beach in 1976, even after he stopped renewing his hack license and gained international recognition for his operatic works, the son of a Baltimore record store owner never abandoned his earliest universal ideals, all of the highest artistic order.

Reader: Kerry Shale

Writer: Philip Glass

Abridger: Laurence Wareing

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

012015042720150428 (R4)

The long-awaited memoir by the world-renowned composer of symphonies, operas and film scores.

'If you go to New York City to study music, you'll end up like your uncle Henry,' Glass's mother warned her incautious and curious nineteen-year-old son. It was the early summer of 1956, and Ida Glass was concerned that her precocious Philip, already a graduate of the University of Chicago, would end up an itinerant musician, playing in vaudeville houses and dance halls all over the country, just like his cigar-smoking, bantamweight uncle. One could hardly blame Mrs. Glass for worrying that her teenage son would end up as a musical vagabond after initially failing to get into Juilliard. Yet, the transformation of a young man from budding musical prodigy to world-renowned composer is the story of this memoir.

From his childhood in post-World War II Baltimore to his student days in Chicago, at Juilliard, and his time in Paris, where he studied under the formidable Nadia Boulanger, Glass movingly recalls his early mentors while reconstructing the places that helped shape his artistic consciousness. Then, to the gritty streets of New York in the 1970s, where the composer worked as a cabbie, leading the life of a Parisian bohemian artist transported to late-twentieth-century America.

Yet even after Glass's talent was first widely recognized with the sensational premiere of Einstein on the Beach in 1976, even after he stopped renewing his hack license and gained international recognition for his operatic works, the son of a Baltimore record store owner never abandoned his earliest universal ideals, all of the highest artistic order.

Reader: Kerry Shale

Writer: Philip Glass

Abridger: Laurence Wareing

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron

Music details:

Track: "Opening"

CD: Glassworks

Label: CBS

Track: "Bebop"

CD: Charlie Parker, The Original Bird: The Best Of Charlie Parker 1944-1949

Label: Savoy.

0220150428

022015042820150429 (R4)

Gaining a place at Juilliard, Philip Glass begins his music studies in earnest.

Memoir by acclaimed American composer Philip Glass.

Funding himself by working in a Baltimore steel mill, the young Glass secures a place at Juilliard and begins his music studies in earnest. New York City in the late 1950s was a heady place, offering a range of creative opportunities. He soon found himself immersed in the city's vibrant contemporary art scene.

In this long-awaited memoir, Philip Glass recalls his early mentors while reconstructing the places that helped shape his artistic consciousness.

Reader: Kerry Shale

Writer: Philip Glass

Abridger: Laurence Wareing

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron

Music details:

Track: "Metamorphosis One"

CD: Philip Glass: Solo Piano Music

Label: Sony.

022015042820150429 (R4)

Gaining a place at Juilliard, Philip Glass begins his music studies in earnest.

0220150428

Memoir by acclaimed American composer Philip Glass.

Funding himself by working in a Baltimore steel mill, the young Glass secures a place at Juilliard and begins his music studies in earnest. New York City in the late 1950s was a heady place, offering a range of creative opportunities. He soon found himself immersed in the city's vibrant contemporary art scene.

In this long-awaited memoir, Philip Glass recalls his early mentors while reconstructing the places that helped shape his artistic consciousness.

Reader: Kerry Shale

Writer: Philip Glass

Abridger: Laurence Wareing

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron

Music details:

Track: "Metamorphosis One"

CD: Philip Glass: Solo Piano Music

Label: Sony.

0320150430

0320150430

1960s, Paris. Philip Glass studies with acclaimed teacher of composition Nadia Boulanger.

0320150430

1960s, Paris. Philip Glass studies with acclaimed teacher of composition Nadia Boulanger.

Philip Glass recalls his early mentors while reconstructing the places that helped shape his artistic consciousness.

In the mid-1960s, and keen to expand his musical knowledge further, Glass went to Paris to study with the acclaimed teacher of musical composition Nadia Boulanger. While there, and working with the likes of Samuel Beckett, he developed his life-long interest in composing music for theatre.

Reader: Kerry Shale

Writer: Philip Glass

Abridger: Laurence Wareing

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron

Music details:

Track: "Facades"

CD: Glassworks

Label: CBS.

0320150430

Philip Glass recalls his early mentors while reconstructing the places that helped shape his artistic consciousness.

In the mid-1960s, and keen to expand his musical knowledge further, Glass went to Paris to study with the acclaimed teacher of musical composition Nadia Boulanger. While there, and working with the likes of Samuel Beckett, he developed his life-long interest in composing music for theatre.

Reader: Kerry Shale

Writer: Philip Glass

Abridger: Laurence Wareing

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron

Music details:

Track: "Facades"

CD: Glassworks

Label: CBS.

0420150430

042015043020150501 (R4)

After decades juggling day jobs, Glass finally breaks through with Einstein on the Beach.

Memoir by American composer, Philip Glass.

After decades working day jobs to fund his music, Philip Glass finally broke through with the opera "Einstein on the Beach". Collaborating with director Robert Wilson, the five-hour production sold out each night during its 1976 European and American tour and made the pair's careers.

Reader: Kerry Shale

Writer: Philip Glass

Abridger: Laurence Wareing

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron

Music details:

Track: "Knee Play 1"

CD: Glass: Einstein on the Beach

Label: Sony Classical

Track: "Knee Play 3"

042015043020150501 (R4)

After decades juggling day jobs, Glass finally breaks through with Einstein on the Beach.

0420150430

Memoir by American composer, Philip Glass.

After decades working day jobs to fund his music, Philip Glass finally broke through with the opera "Einstein on the Beach". Collaborating with director Robert Wilson, the five-hour production sold out each night during its 1976 European and American tour and made the pair's careers.

Reader: Kerry Shale

Writer: Philip Glass

Abridger: Laurence Wareing

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron

Music details:

Track: "Knee Play 1"

CD: Glass: Einstein on the Beach

Label: Sony Classical

Track: "Knee Play 3"

CD: Glass: Einstein on the Beach

Label: Sony Classical.

0520150501

052015050120150502 (R4)

Koyaanisqatsi to Kundun, Philip Glass explains his approach to composing film soundtracks.

Memoir by Philip Glass, the world-renowned composer of symphonies, operas and film scores.

Asked to write the score for visionary 1982 documentary Koyaanisqatsi, Glass discovered a new avenue for his musical composition. He later worked with Martin Scorsese, writing the soundtrack for Kundun (1997).

Reader: Kerry Shale

Writer: Philip Glass

Abridger: Laurence Wareing

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron

Music details:

Track: "Evening Song" (from Satygraha)

CD: The Essential Philip Glass

Label: Sony

Track: "The Grid"

CD: Koyaanisqatsi

Label: Island

Track: "Closing"

CD: Glassworks

Label: CBS.

052015050120150502 (R4)

Koyaanisqatsi to Kundun, Philip Glass explains his approach to composing film soundtracks.

0520150501

Memoir by Philip Glass, the world-renowned composer of symphonies, operas and film scores.

Asked to write the score for visionary 1982 documentary Koyaanisqatsi, Glass discovered a new avenue for his musical composition. He later worked with Martin Scorsese, writing the soundtrack for Kundun (1997).

Reader: Kerry Shale

Writer: Philip Glass

Abridger: Laurence Wareing

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron

Music details:

Track: "Evening Song" (from Satygraha)

CD: The Essential Philip Glass

Label: Sony

Track: "The Grid"

CD: Koyaanisqatsi

Label: Island

Track: "Closing"

CD: Glassworks

Label: CBS.