Archive for the 'Minimalism' Category

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Philip Glass is probably the classical composer with the most luck in comedy and being seen by a huge huge audience. Just last night he was on the Colbert Report, accompanying a ridiculous performance piece sketch on the piano. Glass even was compelled to play Shave and a Haircut. What??? Glass has been on Saturday […]

10 Things I Love About David Bowie

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

(in no particular order) 10. He made a recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. 9. He’s married to Iman, who is a supermodel I know only because she was in Star Trek VI. 8. I remember watching The Prestige, thinking “Who is the great actor playing Tesla? […]

Reich wins Pulitzer

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Finally! Steve Reich wins a Pulitzer Prize for his Double Sextet. Of course, at age 72, Reich seems the obvious choice. An added benefit is his long-time New York affliations, which have helped composers in the past get Pulitzer notice. The Pulitzers for music are a mixed bag, with many of picks leaning towards either […]

C Plus

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Anyone who knows minimalism knows In C, the Terry Riley masterpiece which started the musical style. And if you’ve read my comments before here and here you will also remember that it’s one of my favorite pieces of minimalism to listen to. What’s great about this piece is that it allows an infinite varieties of […]

Glass Outtakes

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Yes, that is Philip Glass making sand castles. It’s all a part of outtakes from the American Masters show on PBS that will be airing about Glass. Whatever you think of his music (edit: it gets maligned quite often among classical music circles), the man is doing a lot by making the “serious” music world […]