I'm going to end all my post titles with exclamation points now…This one is in reponse to Tim Fain's performance of the first three movements of a solo violin work (Partita?) which he played in Florida last night. Check out this review from Miami's Herald Tribune:
"Beginning with the first three movements of the Glass work, Fain’s strong technique delivered the “new Philip Glass,” the composer of lyric and melodic gifts quite different from the purveyor of the metronomic repetition of motifs which characterized his early work and drove many to distraction. These intense and demanding movements focus on the unique qualities of the violin in creating a sound universe that encompasses harmony and counterpoint mostly unheard since the monumental works of Bach in this genre."
Now, to some, chamber music might not scream excitment. But to others it's the highest form of music making and is part of a now broader trend in Glass' writing going back to his solo cello suite of 2007.
Following that piece, came Four Movements for Two Pianos, then a Sonata for Violin & Piano, then solo violin sections "Songs," in the new violin concerto, and duets for violin and cello which can and will be extracted from the new Double Concerto as well. Add to this, this new solo violin work and a second cello suite and we have seven chamber works in 3 years. Nice…