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    Philip Glass and La Boulangerie

    In his recently published memoirs,Words Without Music (2015), the American minimalist composer Philip Glass tells the story of a lesson in musical counterpoint he had one afternoon with the formidable Nadia Boulanger. After proffering his 20 page manuscript, Mademoiselle (as she was known) placed it on the piano’s music rack and cast her eyes over the densely written pages.


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    Topics: Composer, Women, Philip Glass

    A Tribute to Ten American Composers

    At the beginning of the 20th century, the American orchestral repertoire gravitated towards Austro-Germanic traditions, while operatic life followed in the German, French and Italian way. This would soon change. The 20th century in the United States of America was a time of extraordinary artistic developments, brought along by technological achievements. 


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    Topics: John Williams, John Cage, Charles Ives

    The Juilliard Legacy

    This time 102 years ago, a charter was granted to the Institute of Musical Art in New York, which soon became the Juilliard School. The school has produced some of classical music's finest musicians and composers.


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    Topics: John Williams, Philip Glass, Eric Whitacre

    The Mystical Heart of Philip Glass

    Can Philip Glass really be 80? He and his music possess a quality of youthfulness, of timelessness, that is entirely of our day while going beyond it into more mysterious, universal spheres. So distinctive is his voice, and so influential, that he has plenty of detractors. Minor arpeggios, incantatory melodies, interweaving motifs, a gradual progression of change… But take a closer look. Minimalism? No way.


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    Topics: Composer, Opera, Philip Glass

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