Philip Glass , born January 31, 1937 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, is a musician and composer of contemporary music. He is considered one of the most influential composers of the late XX > century >>>>>>>>>. Along with his contemporaries Terry Riley and Steve Reich, he is one of the pioneers and one of the most prominent representatives of minimalist music, including repetitive school, and classical music from the United States.
If his first works (until 1974) are typically repetitive and minimalist, they will show, later, a stylistic evolution >>>. He prefers to use, for the following works, the expression "music with repetitive structures">, indicating that the repetitive aspect is no longer preponderant. His latest works are far removed from the minimalist current and he currently describes himself as a classical composer, well versed in harmony and counterpoint, having studied Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert.
He has composed works for ensemble, operas, symphonies, concertos, film scores and solo works.
Philip Glass has many friends among artists, writers, musicians and conductors, including Richard Serra, Chuck Close, Doris Lessing, Allen Ginsberg, Errol Morris, Bob Wilson, JoAnne Akalaitis, Moondog, John Moran, Actors Bill Treacher and Peter Dean, Godfrey Reggio, Ravi Shankar, Linda Ronstadt, Paul Simon, David Bowie, Patti Smith, conductor Dennis Russell Davies, and musician Aphex Twin, all of whom collaborated with him. Recent contributors include New York friends Woody Allen and Montrealers Leonard Cohen.