Words Without Music: A Memoir (Paperback)

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"Philip Glass, the foremost American classical composer of the twentieth century, has written a memoir that's just as precise and exacting as his symphonies. From working at his father's record store in Baltimore, to the 1950s art scene in New York City, to working in Paris with renown composer Nadia Boulanger, Glass relates stories that tell how he came to be the lauded international phenomenon he is today." - John

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Philip Glass has, almost single-handedly, crafted the dominant sound of late-twentieth-century classical music. Yet in Words Without Music, his critically acclaimed memoir, he creates an entirely new and unexpected voice, that of a born storyteller and an acutely insightful chronicler, whose behind-the-scenes recollections allow readers to experience those moments of creative fusion when life so magically merged with art. From his childhood in Baltimore to his student days in Chicago and at Juilliard, to his first journey to Paris and a life-changing trip to India, Glass movingly recalls his early mentors, while reconstructing the places that helped shape his creative consciousness. Whether describing working as an unlicensed plumber in gritty 1970s New York or composing Satyagraha, Glass breaks across genres and re-creates, here in words, the thrill that results from artistic creation. Words Without Music ultimately affirms the power of music to change the world.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781631491436
ISBN-10: 1631491431
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Pages: 432
Language: English