Words Without Music: A Memoir

Words Without Music: A Memoir

by Philip Glass

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New York Times Bestseller
An NPR Best Book of the Year
Winner of the Chicago Tribune Literary Award
Finalist for the Marfield Prize, National Award for Arts Writing

"Reads the way Mr. Glass's compositions sound at their best: propulsive, with a surreptitious emotional undertow." —Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times

Philip Glass has, almost single-handedly, crafted the dominant sound of late-twentieth-century classical music. Yet in Words Without Music, his critically acclaimed memoir, he creates an entirely new and unexpected voice, that of a born storyteller and an acutely insightful chronicler, whose behind-the-scenes recollections allow readers to experience those moments of creative fusion when life so magically merged with art. From his childhood in Baltimore to his student days in Chicago and at Juilliard, to his first journey to Paris and a life-changing trip to India, Glass movingly recalls his early mentors, while reconstructing the places that helped shape his creative consciousness. Whether describing working as an unlicensed plumber in gritty 1970s New York or composing Satyagraha, Glass breaks across genres and re-creates, here in words, the thrill that results from artistic creation. Words Without Music ultimately affirms the power of music to change the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631490811
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 04/06/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Born in Baltimore in 1937, Philip Glass studied at the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. The composer of operas, film scores, and symphonies, he performs regularly with the Philip Glass Ensemble and lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Opening ix

Part I

Baltimore 3

Chicago 21

Juilliard 57

Paris 112

Ravi Shankar 129

Nadia Boulanger 136

Journey to the East 150

Rishikesh, Katmandu: And Darjeeling 165

The Blessed Doctor of the Tomo Valley 174

Kathakali and Satyagraha 185

Four Paths 191

Part II

Return to New York 201

First Concerts 218

Art and Music 242

Cape Breton 261

New York's East Village 269

Einstein on the Beach 283

Part III

Opera 305

Music and Film 326

Candy Jernigan 352

The Cocteau Trilogy 368

Closing 385

Acknowledgments 397

Index 399

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