What is the shortest piece Philip Glass has ever written? It's quite possible it was the 17 second piece written for the web page GlassPages.org over 11 years ago.
I don't know how old the readers of Glass Notes are, but in the somewhat dark earlier days of the internet, us Philip Glass fans had no other source than the work of José Jiménez Mesa and his webpage glasspages.org (which is still up though not updated since 2002 when José started more serious work on the philipglass.com (the last version before the current incarnation)).
Glasspages might be a little antiquated, but it was a valuable resource at the time for those of us scrounging the dark corners of the World Wide Web looking for any bit of Philip Glass related information which when compared with today's standard, was very limited.
From Glass Pages:
"In the fall of 2000, by the way of Kurt Munkacsi, GlassPages' founder Jordi Petit commisioned a short piece of original music by Philip Glass in order to be heard by the users of this website. The result was a new 17 seconds Glass composition for brass quintet called Web Logo. This exciting piece bears a dedication For José, the current maintainer of this site (glasspages), José Jiménez.
Web Logo has been recorded by Michael Riesman, Philip Glass' long time colaborator. The following musicians played it:
- Timothy Malosh, flute
- Allen Blustine, clarinet
- William Rohdin, trumpet
- Sharon Moe, french horn
- Jim Pugh, trombone
Celebrating the transfer of GlassPages to the www.glasspages.org domain, the web masters of this site are proud to invite all our users to hear this original piece. You can download Web Logo in MP3 format: