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Music and Conversation with Philip Glass

A detail of Chuck Close's portrait of Philip Glass

A detail of Chuck Close's portrait of Philip Glass

A detail of Chuck Close's portrait of Philip Glass

A detail of Chuck Close’s portrait of composer Philip Glass

In February 2016, influential American composer Philip Glass was honored by his alma mater, the University of Chicago through a series of events including masterclasses, talks, and a public performance of his complete Piano Etudes in which he took played several works himself. WFMT host Kerry Frumkin spoke with him about his life in music, where he’s been, and what’s inspired him. 

The composer’s tendency to cross musical borders was inspired, in part, by friends from Amsterdam who spoke many languages. He was then encouraged to learn many musical languages because “the ledge that I stood on was so narrow, and everything else was out there, and I became very open to it.”

Glass reflected in a sunny classroom on the tenth floor of the University’s Logan Center for the Arts, as he and Kerry enjoyed an aerial panorama of the campus, and coincidentally, a direct view of where Glass lived as a student.   Below, hear Glass recall how, still underage, he often found himself spending a lot of time off campus, drawn to downtown Chicago and the sounds of jazz.
 

 

And as their time together came to an end, Kerry asked a question that Glass had often asked many of his musical collaborators from around the world. “Where does the music come from?” Hear Glass’s answer below.

 

 

Tune in to WFMT at 10:00 pm on January 30 to hear more Music and Conversation with Philip Glass as we celebrate the composer’s 80th birthday.

 

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