Einstein on the Beach

An opera in four acts for ensemble, chorus and soloists



Music by Philip Glass
Created with Robert Wilson

2 female and 1 male actors; 1 child (speaking roles): SATB chamber chorus (16) amp S; fl (pic, bcl), fl (ssx), tsx (asx)/ 2syn

July 25, 1976 by the PGE at the Festival d’Avignon

First in a Glass Trilogy of operas about men who changed the world through the power of their ideas, “Einstein”‘s sub-text is science. The opera is non-narrative in form, and the producer has two options: to reproduce the original Robert Wilson production (which exists on videotape), or to create a new series of stage and dance pictures based on themes relating to the life of Albert Einstein.

Dunvagen Music Publishers

Einstein on the Beach at Wise Music Classical
Knee Play No. 1 at Wise Music Classical
Bed at Wise Music Classical
Knee Play No. 3 (from "Einstein on the Beach") at Wise Music Classical
Knee Play No 4 at Wise Music Classical
"Trilogy" Sonata for Piano at

Einstein on the Beach (Highlights) CD/DVD (The Changing Image of Opera) on Orange Montain Music
REWORK_Philip Glass Remixed on Orange Mountain Music
Einstein on the Beach Highlights on Nonesuch
Einstein on the Beach on CBS Masterworks
Einstein on the Beach on Nonesuch
Glass Masters on Sony Masterworks
GlassJukebox on Nonesuch
Philip Glass Ensemble Live in Monterrey, Mexico on Orange Mountain Music
Obras Maestras / Oeuvres Majeures on Sony
Music of the Human Spirit on Azica Records
Songs from the Trilogy on Sony Masterworks
Songs on Sony Classical
The Essential Philip Glass on Sony Masterworks
Philip Glass: Up Close on Orange Mountain Music

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