Glass Notes: Glass at the end of 2018 into 2019

On December 26th CBS broadcast the annual Kennedy Center Honors which included a tribute to honoree Philip Glass.  Jon Batiste performed “Opening” from Glassworks, Jennifer Koh and St. Vincent performed music from Mishima, and the Philip Glass Ensemble played a bit of Koyaanisqatsi, and Knee Play 5 from Einstein on the Beach. This was followed … Continue reading “Glass Notes: Glass at the end of 2018 into 2019”

Eroticism, Beauty and Longing for Death: Maki Namekawa plays Philip Glass’ MISHIMA

Mishima Solo Piano Press Release: On September 7th, 2018, Maki Namekawa premieres the piano version of Philip Glass’ soundtrack to Paul Schrader’s film MISHIMA – A Life in Four Chapters. The 1985 film by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, American Gigolo), produced by Francis Ford Coppola, employs a highly stylized aesthetic to portray the life of … Continue reading “Eroticism, Beauty and Longing for Death: Maki Namekawa plays Philip Glass’ MISHIMA”

OMM NEW RELEASE: DISTANT FIGURE (Passacaglia for Solo Piano)

On the heels of Piano Concerto No.3, which continues to roll thanks to its dedicatee and champion Simone Dinnerstein, we have (at least) three new releases coming out from Orange Mountain this summer, the first of which is Glass’s first composition for solo piano in five years: DISTANT FIGURE: Coming 20 July – DISTANT FIGURE … Continue reading “OMM NEW RELEASE: DISTANT FIGURE (Passacaglia for Solo Piano)”

Philip Glass – Piano Concerto No.3 (UPDATED)

A number of orchestra’s have announced their 2017-18 seasons and many of them are part of the commission of the new Piano Concerto No.3 by Philip Glass who has composed the new concerto for the phenomenal Simone Dinnerstein. Glass composed his first piano concerto, the Tirol Concerto for piano & orchestra in 2000 for pianist/conductor Dennis … Continue reading “Philip Glass – Piano Concerto No.3 (UPDATED)”

Glass Notes: Brooklyn Rider and the Music of Philip Glass

On a July afternoon in 2006 while I was living in Brooklyn, only a few months after I started working for Orange Mountain Music, I saw listed in the magazine Time Out New York that Glass’ String Quartet No.3 “Mishima” would be performed at Barge Music. For those who don’t know, Barge Music is what … Continue reading “Glass Notes: Brooklyn Rider and the Music of Philip Glass”

The Piano Etudes – Recordings

Since their publication in December 2014, Philip Glass’ piano études have been enthusiastically embraced by pianists around the world.  At the outset of Glass’ career as a composer part of his professional strategy was holding back scores from publication. The idea had two motivations behind it: independence and pecuniary.  Regarding independence, it wasn’t at all … Continue reading “The Piano Etudes – Recordings”