Music from “The Hours” (Solo Piano)
Music by Philip Glass
Michael Riesman, solo piano


Orange Mountain Music 0012


The Poet Acts 3:37
Morning Passages 5:48
Something She Has to Do 3:31
“For Your Own Benefit” 1:55
Vanessa and the Changelings 1:41
“I’m Going to Make a Cake” 3:46
An Unwelcome Friend 4:29
Dead Things 4:19
The Kiss 4:34
“Why Does Someone Have to Die?” 3:41
Tearing Herself Away 4:47
Escape! 4:02
Choosing Life 4:03
The Hours 7:07


Philip Glass’ score for Stephen Daldry’s film “The Hours” contains some of the most emotional, lyrical and haunting music Glass has produced.

When I recorded the original soundtrack in London, I often felt completely carried away and thought, as I watched playback with him at the recording sessions, not only that the music complemented the movie superbly, but also that it could stand alone and would make a wonderful album. The film went on to critical and public acclaim, earning a number of Academy Award nominations including “Best Original Score” and winning the “Best Actress” award for Nicole Kidman.

And the soundtrack album, released on Nonesuch, was also very well received and generated additional interest in the score as concert music. As a result of this interest, I arranged a suite in the form of a three movement piano concerto, and premiered this work with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andreas Delfs, and have performed it subsequently with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Eos Orchestra.

Furthermore, Paramount Music, the publisher, desired to issue a book of arrangements for solo piano, geared for intermediate players. Originally, I assigned the task of producing these arrangements to my assistant, Nice Muhly, but as I started thinking about it, the idea of performing and recording these arrangements became more and more appealing to me, and I ended up taking the lead role in their development.

These arrangements appeared in a volume which consists of eleven of the fourteen tracks on the soundtrack album. I subsequently arranged the remaining three tracks for the present CD, which thus contains all of the material on the original soundtrack album. The arrangements on this CD follow the published edition except for the first track, The Poet Acts, which is a new and more complex version with four against three in the right hand.

— Michael Riesman


Music by Philip Glass. Performed by Michael Riesman, solo piano. Arranged for piano by Michael Riesman and Nico Muhly.

Produced by Don Christensen. Executive Producers: Philip Glass and Jim Keller.

Engineer: Hector Castillo. Assistant Engineer: Ichiho Nishiki. Editor: Ichiho Nishiki. Recorded at Baldwin, New York, NY, October 7-9 2003 Mastered at the Looking Glass Studios, New York, NY, May 1, 2004.
Special thanks to Scott Rudin, Bob Hurwitz and Baldwin Piano.

Music published by Famous Music Corporation (ASCAP), except the following, published by Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc.: the first section of track 6, “‘I’m Going to Make a Cake,’” based on the theme from “Protest” (Act II, Scene 3) from the opera Satyagraha; track 11, “Tearing Herself Away,” based on “Islands” from the album Glassworks (not contained in the motion picture); and track 12, “Escape,” based on “Metamorphosis Two” from the album Solo Piano.

Motion Picture Artwork, Photos, TM by Paramount Pictures. Copyright © 2002 by Paramount Pictures and Miramax Film Corp. All Rights Reserved.

Philip Glass is managed and published by Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc.

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The Hours
Metamorphosis I – V

The Hours on Nonesuch
Solo Piano on Sony Masterworks
Glass Piano Music on Orange Mountain Music

FILMS:The Hours by Stephen Daldry