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To celebrate Glass' 75th birthday on January 31, 2012, Sony Classical
offers The Essential Philip Glass, a three disc overview of the
composer's prolific output that led to his rise as a cultural icon from the
late 1970s to the early 1990s. It encompasses generous selections from the three
seminal “Portrait Operas” (Einstein On The Beach, Satyagraha and Akhnaten)
that established Glass as a serious, innovative classical composer, dance scores
for Twyla Tharp (In the Upper Room) and Jerome Robbins (Songs from Liquid Days),
theater works (The Photographer), plus music for solo piano and collaborations
with artists as wide-ranging as Suzanne Vega, Linda Ronstadt, the Kronos Quartet
and Yo-Yo Ma.

Born in Baltimore on January 31st 1937, Glass began to develop his signature
style while working in experimental theater and as musical director alongside
Ravi Shankar for the film Chappaqua. He formed The Philip Glass Ensemble in
1971, whose blend of electronic keyboards, reed instruments and female voices
resulted in a unique, and energetic sound world, heard at its driving,
hard-hitting early peak in the Einstein On The Beach excerpts recorded
in 1979.

In addition to eight Grammy Award nominations, Glass' numerous film scores
have significantly contributed to the genre's develop­men­t, earning him
three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score. His score to The Truman
Show (1999) won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, and he also won
the National Endowment for the Arts' Opera Honors Award in 2010. Philip Glass
is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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