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Philip Glass (Composer)

Born: 31st January 1937, Baltimore

Nationality: American

Philip Morris Glass is an American composer and pianist. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century. Glass's work has been associated with minimalism, being built up from repetitive phrases and shifting layers. Glass describes himself as a composer of "music with repetitive structures", which he has helped evolve stylistically.

Glass founded the Philip Glass Ensemble, with which he still performs on keyboards. He has written numerous operas and musical theatre works, twelve symphonies, eleven concertos, eight string quartets and various other chamber music, and film scores.

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James talks to Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson about his debut album on Deutsche Grammophon of music by Philip Glass.

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