have been kind. Up to now the only music of Philip Glass
that's come my way were his opera
, Einstein on the Beach
-- stuff like that.
Everything I heard I liked; well, actually I was extremely enthusiastic
about him and was at the point of declaring him a genius
, or something equivalent. Then a friend loaned me the CD called Koyaanisqatsi
reviewed in E2
by Ashley Pomeroy
. Frankly, I think her assessment
was not only fair
but also exceed
-- even when she described the part called "The Grid
" as "the audio-visual equivalent
of being trap
ped inside a washing machine
I don't give up my saint
s easily, so I looked around until I found a copy of his CD called "Hero
." The jacket
provides this information
Sense Of Doubt (7:23)
Sons Of The Silent Age (8:23)
V2 Schneider (6:48)
Total playing time 44:13
ing further, I found that these pieces are...ah... reworkings, adaptation
s, whatever of music original
ly composed by David Bowie
& Brian Eno
. Well, I did think there were more melodies
in "Heroes" than in the other Glass works I've heard. This might explain it.
Nothing, however, can explain why a few bars into the title piece I think I hear a direct quote from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake." Speaking of ballets, the dancer and choreographer, Twyla Tharp, used "Heroes" for one of her ballets. The last piece, "V2 Schneider," was written so that the work could end on a very high note.
I don't know that I'd go out and buy the CD, but it is interesting to hear another side of Glass' music.