'Composers can be inspired by the work of other composers, and when that happens sometimes a composer will do variations on a theme, or a series of transformations. It's a kind of homage to the other composer's work. And it really works when you really are taken by the work.'


Biography

Philip Glass was born on January 31, 1937 in Baltimore. He studied at the University of Chicago and at the Julliard School in New York. He is known for his classical work and composed concerts, songs and operas. His first big score was for the documentary Koyaanisqatsi. Other note worthy titles are Powaqqatsi (the second documentary of the trilogy), Anima Mundi, Candyman and Kundun (this score was awarded with a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination in 1997). He also appeared in Jim Carrey's The Truman Show, and received along with Burkhard Dallwitz a Golden Globe for the original score. Many people will wonder what Dracula is doing inside his career list, since he wasn't even born when the movie was released. He in fact wrote a new score for the movie. Glass' works includes also the third and final chapter Naqoyqatsi and the Golden globe nominated The Hours. Secret Window (which is a great score in the film, some Non Glass sounding even) and scores for Taking Lives, Faith's Corner, Roving Mars, The Illusionist and The Reaping show Glass growing's status as respected composer.


You have to play each piece as if it were new. I do that now with music I wrote twelve years ago. I'm not pretending it's new. It has to be new.
(overall impression)


July 2, 1994

The editor used my music to cut the film therefore creating a closeness between image and music as the actual picture was cut to music.
(on Powaqqatsi)


November, 1997

The aim is that the public will be able to follow the music without us needing to make it easy.
(overall impression)


The Truman Show


Highlight of his career:
" His Golden Globe for The Truman Show "

The Works

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The Truman Show