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The Best of Philip Glass (incls 'Lightning', 'Facades' &
'Evening Song')
Douglas Perry. Paul Esswood / The Philip Glass Ensemble / New York City Opera
Orchestra & Chorus. Dennis Russell Davies

“Philip Glass is surely the world's best-known living serious composer.
His is a readily identifiable, if ever controversial, style that is both
imitated and parodied the world over. He is familiar to pop audiences, crossover
audiences, new music audiences, opera audiences and increasingly to chamber
music audiences and symphony goers,” (Gramophone)

Born in Baltimore, Maryland on January 31, 1937, Philip Glass discovered
music in his father's radio repair shop that carried a line of records in
addition to servicing radios. To figure out why recordings of great chamber
works sold poorly, Ben Glass would take them home to play for his three
children. Philip rapidly became familiar with Beethoven quartets, Schubert
sonatas, Shostakovich symphonies and other music then considered “offbeat.”
It was not until he was in his upper teens that Glass encountered more
“standard” classics.

At six, Glass began music lessons and at eight, took up the flute. But by the
time he was 15, he became frustrated with the flute's limited repertoire as
well as with musical life in post-war Baltimore. During his second year in high
school, he applied for admission to the University of Chicago, passed and, with
his parent's encou­rage­ment, moved to Chicago where he supported himself with
part-time jobs waiting tables and loading airplanes at airports. He majored in
mathematics and philosophy, and during

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