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Great Minimal Piano Beauty by Glass.

  • May 25, 2009
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Here is a Great collection of some of the Piano works by the American Minimalist composer Philip Glass, some were written specially for the Piano but others were originally written for other instruments and are arranged for the Piano.
This book containes 18 pieces, 8 from the Hours Soundtrack,  5 from Metamorphosis,  Modern Love Waltz,  Opening from Glassworks and 3 pieces from the Operas,  Einstein on the Beach, Satyagraha and Akhnaten.

The layout of the book is clear and the print is good, but it would have been better if it was spiral bound, if you like the music by Glass and want to play some of it on the Piano this is the book to get.
 I have already played the excellent Opening from Glassworks which I think is his Greatest piece and also Knee Play No. 4 from Einstein on the Beach which is such fun to play. The next piece I´m going for is Conclusion from the opera Satyagraha.

The music is of medium difficulty the main problem for many is the polyrhythms and in some pieces chances in meter, for example Opening has a constant 3 over 2 polyrhythm and in Knee Play the music sometimes changes from 3/4 with triplets to 2/4 with sixteenth notes and as everyone who is familiar with this music knows, it uses a lot of arpeggios and short phrases that repeat with small variations which you have to be attentive to.

If you are unfamiliar with Polyrhythms I would recommend the book Rhythmic Illusions by Gavin Harrison, Polythythms by Peter Magadini and Rhythm and Meter Patterns by Gary Chaffee, they are written for drummers but they are the best I have seen so far about these rhythmic concepts.

The music in this book can be found on the CD´s  Glassworks, Einstein on the Beach, Satyagraha, Akhnaten, Solo Piano, and The Hours and also on the box set Minimal Piano Collection played by Jeroen van Veen.

So if you want beautiful Minimalist Piano Music that is not to difficult to play I certainly recommend this book by Philip Glass.

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May 25, 2009
@Friedpez has done a great job introducing me to some <a href="http://www.lunch.com/tags/Classical-1001850-1-1.html">classical composers</a>, but I've been increasingly interested in our contemporaries.
 
May 25, 2009
What album would you recommend as an introduction to Philip Glass' works? I've always admired him from afar, but have never explored his sound in depth.
May 25, 2009
Glasswork from 1982 is very good and is typical of his style as a composer and it has his Greatest works for Piano in my opinion called Opening. Also recommended would be his operas Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha. The soundtracks to Mishima, Kundun and Koyaanisqatsi are very good and the violin concerto is Fabulous.
May 25, 2009
Thanks for the suggestions! I am checking out Glassworks on iTunes right now.
 
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I have a BA in Philosophy but my main interest is Music. I play the piano andI have also learned a little to play the Guitar, Violin, Drum Set and the Djembe.   The Music I love the most is … more
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