Happy birthday, Philip Glass

As media around the world are observing, today is the seventy-fifth birthday of one of the giants of American music, Philip Glass.

Here’s perhaps my favourite piece, ‘Lady Day’ from North Star, by way of a birthday salutation; with its trademark repetitive figures, textural writing combining wind instruments, voices and keyboard, it remains as fresh today as it did when I first encountered it whilst at school in a cold-water-dashed-in-your-face manner which opened the doors to Minimalism.

Also from the same disc, the bright-shining ‘Are Years What,’ even more invigorating.

Happy birthday, Philip Glass.

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