Best known as part of the American Minimalist school, Glass’s music is built on seemingly endless circular arpeggio figures. These have an almost mechanical quality to them, yet his harmony is bright and uplifting. Recently, his work has gained a contrapuntal dimension, furthering the emotional possibilities. He has also begun to look further afield, embracing other genres including rock, electronic and world music. His music is naturally optimistic, with a spiritual dimension which
The Études are particularly personal to Glass, who tailored the music to his own pianistic abilities, stretching them at the same time. This work is a landmark in Glass’s relationship with the instrument, encompassing an especially wide expressive range.
Glass joins forces with fellow pianists Maki Namekama and Timo Andres, two artists with whom he has often collaborated. These three musicians have produced many memorable performances together, and this will surely be no exception, particularly in a concert featuring the composer’s most personal work to date. This will surely be an unforgettable event: book now.
|What||Philip Glass: The Etudes, Barbican Hall|
|Where||Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
On 29 Apr 15, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Barbican's website.|