- Jan 16, 2007
Really? That must have been in 1982 or thereabouts.
Is Glass going to be playing "Solo Piano" as in the the 1989 work (which I wouldn't have an issue with becasue it's great) or will it be a performance of other things he's done for solo piano?
Etudes and Other Work for Solo Piano
The evening’s program will consist of original music composed for solo piano as well as a number of arrangements for organ or instrumental combinations. All the music comes from the period dating from 1976 to the present and will include a selection of the following works:
These etudes are part of an evening length work of 16 etudes for piano completed in 1999. Each etude approaches the piano in a somewhat different way, producing a highly diverse set of pieces.
Metamorphosis I-V (1989)
Metamorphosis includes five pieces, and its title is from a play based on Kafka's short story, Metamorphosis. Pieces Three and Four are from Glass’ music to the staging of Kafka’s Metamorphosis by Gerald Thomas, first performed in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Pieces One, Two, and Five were drawn from his soundtrack for the acclaimed Errol Morris film, The Thin Blue Line. As both projects were undertaken at the same time, the music seemed to lend itself well to a synthesis of this kind.
Mad Rush (1980)
This piece was commissioned by Radio Bremen and originally composed for organ. Lucinda Childs choreographed a solo dance to this piece shortly after its premiere.
The Fourth Knee Play (1976)
The Knee Plays from Einstein on the Beach, composed in collaboration with theater director, designer and author Robert Wilson, formed a series of short interludes, which appeared throughout this six hour, four act work. The original version, from which this arrangement was made, was scored for male chorus and the solo violinist who played the part of Einstein.
Satyagraha is the second in a trilogy of operas, which began with Einstein on the Beach and concluded with Akhnaten in 1984. The opera explored the theme of social change through non-violence as seen in the politics and life of Mahatma Gandhi. The trilogy as a whole was performed in Stuttgart, Germany in 1989. The music heard in this piano arrangement appears at the conclusion of Act III and serves as an epilogue to the opera.
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