Program 601: Music in 8 Parts
KALW Broadcast Date: May 15, 2020 | Host: Liam Herb
Performed a handful of times in 1970, the manuscript of the piece went missing until the score was rediscovered at an Auction House in late 2017. Fifty years later, it has been realized for the Philip Glass Ensemble, recorded by the members of the ensemble remotely – each in isolation at home – in April of this year.
Music in Eight Parts was composed right in the middle of Glass’s Minimalist period, which Glass defines as existing from 1965 to 1975 – up to and including his opera Einstein on the Beach.
It’s theorized that after Glass’s 1975 opera Einstein on the Beach landed the composer in a fair amount of debt, Glass was forced to sell a number of scores, including Music in 8 parts.
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Title: Music in 8 Parts
Composer: Philip Glass
Performers: Philip Glass Ensemble (Lisa Bielava, voice; Peter Hess, tenor and soprano saxophones; Michael Riesman, keyboard; Mick Rossi, keyboard; and Andrew Sterman, soprano saxophone)
Recording Title: Philip Glass: Music in 8 Parts
Record Label: Orange Mountain Music
Catalog Number: UW005DIGITAL