9 de novembro de 2013

Philip Glass: Música Contemporânea e Espiritual

Não sei se o título do post é possível nos dias atuais, mas acredito que em alguns criadores isso acontece. mesmo que (a princípio) não seja este o objetivo.
Philip Glass é um dos mais importantes nomes da música contemporânea.
Sua música é circular, minimalista, hipnótica.
Isso como uma visão mais geral, uma vez que ele compôs centenas de peças musicais para trilhas de cinema, peças de teatro, óperas e dança, o que dá a ele uma possibilidade bem ampla de usar sua visão particular do que é música.
Ela tem um componente espiritual derivado provavelmente do seu conhecimento da filosofia budista e de sua ligação com a música clássica indiana.
É ao mesmo tempo uma música difícil e simples.
Ao se parar para ouvi-la dificilmente o ouvinte (que gosta de música) fica indiferente.
Ame ou odeie.
Ou a use como ajuda em processos meditativos e espirituais.
Philip Glass é um dos gênios do nosso tempo.

"Philip Morris Glass (born January 31, 1937[2]) is an American composer. He is considered one of the most influential music makers of the late 20th century. His music is also often controversially described as minimal music, along with the work of the other "major minimalists" La Monte Young, Terry Riley and Steve Reich.
Glass has distanced himself from the "minimalist" label, describing himself instead as a composer of "music with repetitive structures." Though his early mature music shares much with what is normally called "minimalist", he has since evolved stylistically. Currently, he describes himself as a "Classicist", pointing out that he is trained in harmony and counterpoint and studied such composers as Franz Schubert, Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Nadia Boulanger.
Glass is a prolific composer: he has written works for the musical group which he founded, the Philip Glass Ensemble (with which he still performs on keyboards), as well as operas, musical theatre works, ten symphonies, eleven concertos, solo works, chamber music including string quartets and instrumental sonatas, and film scores. Three of his film scores have been nominated for Academy Awards.
Aside from composing in the Western classical tradition, his music has ties to rock, ambient music, electronic music, and world music. Early admirers of his minimalism include musicians Brian Eno and David Bowie.[92] In the 1990s, Glass composed the aforementioned symphonies Low (1992) and Heroes (1996), thematically derived from the Bowie-Eno collaboration albums Low and "Heroes" (composed in late 1970s Berlin).
Glass has collaborated with recording artists such as Paul Simon, Suzanne Vega,[93] Mick Jagger,[94] Leonard Cohen, David Byrne, Uakti, Natalie Merchant,[95] and Aphex Twin (yielding an orchestration of Icct Hedral in 1995 on the Donkey Rhubarb EP). Glass's compositional influence extends to musicians such as Mike Oldfield (who included parts from Glass's North Star in Platinum), and bands such as Tangerine Dream and Talking Heads. Glass and his sound designer Kurt Munkacsi produced the American post-punk/new wave band Polyrock (1978 to the mid-1980s), as well as the recording of John Moran's The Manson Family (An Opera) in 1991, which featured punk legend Iggy Pop, and a second (unreleased) recording of Moran's work featuring poet Allen Ginsberg. In 2013, the all volunteer citizen's band of downtown New York City, The TriBattery Pops Tom Goodkind Conductor, recorded an album of Glass writings groomed[clarification needed] by Glass sound designer Kurt Munkacsi.
Glass had begun using the Farfisa portable organ out of convenience,[96] and he has used it in concert.[97] It is featured on several recordings including North Star[98] and on "Dance No. 1" and "Dance No. 3".
Glass describes himself as "a Jewish-Taoist-Hindu-Toltec-Buddhist",[16] and he is a supporter of Tibetan independence. In 1987, he co-founded the Tibet House with Columbia University professor Robert Thurman and the actor Richard Gere. Glass is a vegetarian."

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