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- Saxophone is the fourth CD from the archive and studio of Philip Glass to be released on the new Philip Glass's record company Orange Mountain Music (catalog number OMM-0006). This CD of solo and all-saxophone works contains Melodies for Solo Saxophone performed by Philip Glass Ensmble's member Andrew Sterman, the only Saxophone Quartet version of the Saxophone Concerto performed by the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet and The Windcatcher performed by the Philip Glass Ensemble woodwind players Jon Gibson, Richard Peck and Andrew Sterman. Melodies for Solo Saxophone is a 27 minute set of thirteen pieces for solo saxophone previously unreleased and originally written by Philip Glass for Jean Genet's play Prisoner Of Love adapted by Joanne Akalaitis for the New York Theater Workshop and premièred in July 1995. The Windcatcher is a previously unreleased 11 minute work originally composed for piano and flute in 1992 for the short film by Susan Charlotte Love Divided by and transcribed by Nico Muhly for saxophone sextet. It is going to be released in November 2002 in USA.
- The Hours is a new film by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) adapted from Michael Cunningham's 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel starring Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, and Ed Harris. The music for the film has been entirely composed by Philip Glass for piano (performed by Michael Riesman) and string orchestra. The music is all new except some new arrangements of music from Satyagraha, Glassworks and others. It is going to be released on Nonesuch Records (catalog number 79693) on December 10, 2002.
- 600 Lines is an all-Glass upcoming CD performed by Italian ensemble Alter Ego featuring the world première recording of 600 Lines, and How Now. 600 Lines is a 50 minute work written by Philip Glass in 1967 for ensemble. The piece consists of 600 lines of music each equal to 16 beats played in unison. As a result of its complexity, this work has only ever been performed once in USA, under the direction of Philip Glass, alongside a group of interpreters that would go on to be known as the Philip Glass Ensemble. The Alter Ego ensemble, which recently recorded Music in the Shape of a Square CD, performed the European première of the piece on September 17, 2002 at Settembre Musica Festival at Teatro Piccolo Regio "Giacomo Puccini" in Turin (Italy). How Now is a 25 minute work written by Philip Glass in 1968 originally for piano solo which turned into an ensemble work for saxophones and electric organs. It is going to be released on Italian label Stradivarius in early 2003.
- Shattered Glass is an upcoming CD by composer and guitarist Dominic Frasca performing his transcriptions of Glass's works Mad Rush, Two Pages and Metamorphosis No. 1 for 10, 13 and 6 solo string electro/acoustic guitars which are nylon string guitars with pickups below the bridge altered with special hardware to play the pieces and each one designed to play just one piece. It will also include guitar works by Dominic Frasca (Shattered Glass and Forced Entry) and Five Minetudes by Marc Mellits. It is going to be released in the fall of 2002.
- Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra has been recorded by Dennis Russell Davies (piano and conductor) and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. It is a 27 minute work for piano and string orchestra which premièred on September 22, 2000 by Dennis Russell Davies (piano and conductor) and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra at Klangspuren Festival in Schwaz, Tirol (Austria). It is going to be released as a limited edition distributed by the Tirol Tourist Board in 2003.
- Perpetual Motion Machine is an upcoming CD by Australian ensemble Topology including Knee Play No. 4 from Einstein of the Beach as well as And Do They Do by Michael Nyman, Pat's Aria from Nixon in China by John Adams, Viv's Bum Dance by John Rodgers, McLibel by Robert Davidson, Millennium Bug by John Babbage, and Variations in a Serious Black Dress by Elena Kats-Chernin.
- Les Enfants Terribles composed in 1996 (the 14th of his operas) scored for three electronic keyboards and four vocal soloists, has been recorded for Nonesuch Records.
- Variations on a Theme of Philip Glass for synthesizers, two soprano voices, woodwinds and electric guitar composed by David Borden and written for the world's first all-synthesizer ensemble Mother Mallard is a set of variations based on Screens of Memory from Glass's music-theatre piece 1000 Airplanes on the Roof. The first version of this piece was premièred by Mother Mallard in Copenhagen (Denmark) at the Tivoli Concert Hall in July of 1991. In 1998 David Borden revised the piece and added new variations. This new version was premièred by Mother Mallard on October 3, 1999 in its 30th anniversary concert at Cornell University's Center for Theatre Arts in Ithaca, NY (USA). A new variation was premièred on April 15, 2000 at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC (USA). A recording (the Glass Variations) is planned to be released in 2002.
- Naqoyqatsi (Life as War) is the third film by Godfrey Reggio of the -qatsi trilogy (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi). The music for the film has involved about 50 musicians including cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma conducted by Michael Riesman and it was released on Sony Classical (catalog number SK 87709) on October 8, 2002.
- Glass · Salonen performed by Los Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra conducted by Grant Gershon includes Itaipu by Philip Glass and Two Songs to Poems of Ann Jäderlund by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Itaipu was previously released in 1993 on Sony Classical performed by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus conducted by Robert Shaw. It was released on independent Los Angeles-based record company RCM Records (catalog number RCM 12004) on September 3, 2002 in USA.
- The World of Philip Glass is a sampler CD of previous recordings including music from "Heroes" Symphony (Abdulmajid, V2 Schneider), "Low" Symphony (Subterraneans), Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (Movement III), Music from The Screens (Land of the Dead, Said's Treason, The Orchard, Night on the Balcony), and Aguas da Amazonia (Amazon River). It was released on Decca (catalog number 470 775-2) on August 26, 2002 in UK.
- A Descent into the Maelström is the third CD from the archive of Philip Glass recordings released on the new Philip Glass's record company Orange Mountain Music (catalog number OMM-0005). It includes the previously unreleased 65 minute dance/theater work with music by Philip Glass for ensemble, based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe, with writer/director Matthew Maguire, and choreographer Molissa Fenley. It was commissioned by the Adelaide Festival of Arts in Adelaide (Australia), for the Australian Dance Theater. It was premiered on March 3, 1986 at the Adelaide Festival in Adelaide (Australia). It was released on July 19, 2002 in USA and August 5, 2002 in UK.
- Music of the Human Spirit by American classical guitarist David Leisner includes a new arrangement for solo guitar of Knee Play No. 4 from Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass. It also includes solo guitar works by Alberto Ginastera (Sonata Op. 47), Peter Sculthorpe (From Kakadu), Richard Winslow (Variations on a Tune of Stephen Foster), Lou Harrison (Serenade), Francis Poulenc (Sarabande), and Ned Rorem (Suite). It was released on Azica Records (catalog number ACD-71218) on June 25, 2002 in USA.
- The WNYC Commissions Volume One is a compilation CD commissioned for the 50th anniversary of New York Public Radio station WNYC. It includes Now So Long After That Time by Philip Glass for solo piano performed live by pianist Christopher O'Riley at its world première performance on June 13, 1994 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City. This previously unreleased piano piece of six minutes was later included as part of The Études, a work in progress for solo piano. It also features world première recordings by Steve Reich (Know What Is Above You), Laurie Anderson (This House of Blues), Morton Gould (Anniversary Rag), Richard Einhorn (Carnival of Miracles), Ralph Towner (Simulacrum), and Derek Bermel (Three Rivers). It is only available through WNYC as a thank you gift for supporting it in the 2002 fundraising campaign.
- The Best Of Mickey Hart: Over The Edge and Back is a compilation CD by percussionist Mickey Hart including the previously unreleased work Call to All Nations, a collaboration with himself, Philip Glass, Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hidalgo and Chalo Eduardo for the opening ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta performed by one hundred percussionists wielding more than a thousand custom-designed instruments seen and heard by over two billion people on July 19, 1996 in Atlanta (USA). It was relased on Rykodisk (catalog number 10385) on April 23, 2002 in USA. A DVD-Audio version was simultaneously released (catalog number 10494) .
- Early Voice is the second CD from the archive of Philip Glass recordings released on the new Philip Glass's record company Orange Mountain Music (catalog number OMM-0004). It includes two previously unreleased works by Philip Glass, Music for Voices performed live by the New York experimental theater group Mabou Mines (Philip Glass was one of the co-founders of that company), and Another Look at Harmony, Part IV featuring the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble and Michael Riesman. Music for Voices is a 13 minute piece written for chorus in 1970 and Another Look at Harmony, Part IV is a 50 minute piece for chorus and electric organ written in 1970-1975. It was released on April 8, 2002 in USA distributed by Amazon.com and on May 20, 2002 in UK.
- Glass Reflections is an all-Glass CD performed by Dutch ensemble Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico conducted by Elías Arizcuren including Symphony for Eight, a 10 minute arrangement for 8 cellos of Symphony No. 3, Movement III, as well as selections of Glass's repertoire arranged for the ensemble by Elías Arizcuren including music from The Secret Agent, String Quartets No. 2 & 3, Façades, Attack and Fall and Funeral of Amenhotep III from Akhnaten. It was released on Dutch label Ibérico Records (catalogue number CX 4005) on March 26, 2002 in The Netherlands.
- Songs is a sampler double CD of the previous recordings Songs from Liquid Days and Songs from the Trilogy. It was released on Sony Classical (catalog number SK89745) on January 28, 2002 in Germany.
- Metamorphosis, by cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, former member of Kronos Quartet, is a recording of six contemporary compositions including Glass's Metamorphosis No. 4 arranged by Joan Jeanrenaud for four cellos. Other compositions featured are The Song of Songs by Karen Tanaka, Cairn by Stephen Mackey, Escalay by Hamza El Din, Blood Red by Mark Grey and Altar Piece by Joan Jeanrenaud. It was independently released (catalogue number JJ23556) by Joan Jeanrenaud in January 2002 in USA.
- Music in the Shape of a Square is an all-Glass CD performed by Italian ensemble Alter Ego featuring the world première recording of Piece in the Shape of a Square, and new versions of Gradus (for bass clarinet), Music in Contrary Motion (for ensemble), Music in Similar Motion, and Strung Out. Piece in the Shape of a Square is a 11 minute piece written by Philip Glass in 1968 for two flutes and the title is based on the Erik Satie's work Music in the Form of a Pear. It was first performed at Film Makers Cinematheque in New York City in November 1968 by Jon Gibson and Philip Glass. The music was set up in a big square, each side about ten feet long. On the inside was tacked Jon Gibson's flute part, on the outside Philip Glass's part. As they were performing the piece they walked in opposite directions around the square, and they came to the end of the piece at their starting point. Gradus is a 1968 piece previously released for solo soprano saxophone. Music in Contrary Motion is a 1969 piece for solo organ several times recorded but this is the first recording for ensemble. Strung Out is a 1967 piece for amplified violin previously recorded by violinist Paul Zukofsky. It was released on Italian label Stradivarius (catalog number STR 33602) on November 14, 2001 in Italy and on June 4, 2002 in USA.
- Philip on Film: Filmworks by Philip Glass is a limited edition 5 CD box set of Glass's film music including the previously released soundtracks to the films Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, Dracula, the opera for ensemble and film La Belle et la Bête (abridged fo fit on a single CD) and a compilation CD with selected tracks from Mishima, The Thin Blue Line, Anima Mundi, Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent, Kundun and the previously unreleased music to the new silent short films Diaspora by Atom Egoyan, The Man in the Bath by Peter Greenaway as well as a new version of Façades which was used for the short film Evidence by Godfrey Reggio. It was released on Nonesuch Records (catalog number 79660-2) on October 2, 2001 in USA and will be available only during the Philip on Film performance tour of Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble.
- The Music of Candyman film soundtracks conducted by Michael Riesman have being remixed an edited by Don Christensen using the original film cues from Candyman and Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh to be released on the new Philip Glass's record company Orange Mountain Music (catalog number OMM-0003) on September 21, 2001. This new label record will release archival recordings of music by Philip Glass and other artists that have collaborated with or have been associated with him. It will be distributed only through Amazon.com and therefore its releases will not be available in physical stores.
- Koyaanisqatsi DVD-Audio recording is based on the 1998 Nonesuch master recording remixed for surround sound in a very high quality format using a 48 kHz sampling rate with 24 bits of data (compared to 16 bits for the CD standard) in a 6 channel surround format (left, center, right, left rear, right rear and sub-base). It is DVD Video-compatible because it contains a Dolby Digital surround sound mix as well as video screens with stills from the film and the original film trailer. It was released on Nonesuch Records (catalog number 79506-9) on August 28, 2001 in USA.
- Visions in Metaphor by saxophonist John Sampen and pianist Marilyn Shrude includes a new arrangement by Marilyn Shrude for solo soprano saxophone and piano of Façades by Philip Glass. It also includes works by John Adams (Postmark from Fearful Symmetries), Milton Babbitt (Accompanied Recitative), Karel Husa (Postcard from Home and Elegie et Rondeau), Pauline Oliveros (Mirrorrim), William Albright (Postcard from Kansas: Welcome to Interstate-70), Samuel Adler (Pensive Soliloquy), Marilyn Shrude (Continuum (Postscript '97)), Bernard Rands (Memo 6), Marilyn Shrude (Visions in Metaphor) and Joan Tower (Wings). It was released on Albany Records (catalog number TROY442) on July 24, 2001 in USA.
- Compassion: A Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin by violinist Edna Michell includes Echorus by Philip Glass for two solo violins and string orchestra with narration by Allen Ginsberg composed in the winter of 1994-95 and dedicated to Edna Mitchell and Yehudi Menuhin. Allen Ginsberg reads excerpts from his poem Wales Visitation and the other performers are violinist Ulf Hoelscher with Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra conducted by Lukas Foss. This piece (without narration) was previously released on Rückblick Moderne - 20th Century Orchestral Music 8 CDs compilation on German label Col-Legno in 1999 but in a recent re-release Glass's track is not included anymore. It also includes works by Steve Reich (Duet for 2 Violins and Orchestra), John Tavener (Song of the Angel), Shulamit Ran (Yearning), Chen Yi (Romance of Hsiao and Ch'in), Hans Werner Henze (Adagio adagio), Yinam Leef (T'Filah), Poul Ruders (Credo), Somei Satoh (Innocence), Wolfgang Rihm (Cantilena), Iannis Xenakis (Hunem-Iduhey), Lukas Foss (Romance), Karel Husa (Stèle), Betty Olivero (Achòt Ketana), and György Kurtág (Ligatura). It was released on Angel Records (catalog number CDC57179) on June 19, 2001 in USA.
- The American Sound: 20th Century American Masters at the Keyboard by American pianist Gideon Rubin includes Mad Rush by Philip Glass. It also includes piano pieces by George Gershwin (Three Preludes), Aaron Jay Kernis (Lullaby), Irving Fine (Music for Piano), Leonard Bernstein (Selected Anniversaries), and Aaron Copland (Sonata). It was released on American label GBR Recordings (catalog number GR2117) on June 15, 2001 in USA.
- Minimal Piano Works Volume II by Dutch pianist Jeroen Van Veen includes Glass's Truman Sleeps from the soundtrack to The Truman Show. It also includes piano pieces by John Cage (In a Landscape), Friedrich Nietzsche (Das 'Fragment an sich'), Erik Satie (Vexations), Simeon ten Holt (Solodevilsdance IV) and Arvo Pärt (Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka, Für Alina, Phasing on Pärt). It was released on Dutch label Van Veen Productions (catalog number PP 2011) on May 14, 2001 in The Netherlands.
- Koyaanisqatsi, opening piece, performed by Mas y Mas, is a 6 tracks CD single with different remixes of the same theme produced, performed and arranged by Kay D., Florian Richter and Chris Zippel. It was released on the label Club Tools (catalogue number 0124735-CLU) on April 23, 2001 in England.
- They Might Be Giants is a CD accompanying the issue number 6 of the quarterly literary magazine Timothy McSweeney's including the 1977 piano piece Modern Love Waltz performed by Philip Glass on piano solo. The piece is intended to accompany Excerpt from 99 Blue Rocks, an story on drawings by Philip Glass's late wife artist Candy Jernigan. It also includes music by They Might Be Giants, M. Doughty (of Soul Coughing), Roger Greenawalt and others. It was published in New York City (USA) in April 2001.
- Frame by saxophonist Simon Haram features Glass's Façades arranged for soprano saxophone, string quartet, and bass guitar performed by Simon Haram (soprano saxophone), The Duke String Quartet and Martin Elliot (bass guitar). It also includes Frame, Hard Fairy and Glass by Graham Fitkin, The Piano Sings by Michael Nyman and Forbidden Colours by Ryuichi Sakamoto. It was released on Black Box Music (catalog number BBM1055) on April 2, 2001 in England.
- Music for Organ performed by Kevin Bowyer at the Marcussen Organ at Tonbridge School, Kent (UK) has been released on Nimbus Records (catalogue number NI 5664) on February 1, 2001. It features Glass's composition for organ Dance No. 2, Satyagraha - Act III Finale and Dance No. 4 along with the world première recording of Duets and Canons by Christopher Bowers-Broadbent.
- Satyagraha has been released for the first time on DVD featuring the TV recording of a 1983 live performance at the Staatstheater Stuttgart (Germany) in a production by stage director Achim Freyer and music conducted by Dennis Russell Davies. It was relased on the German video label Arthaus Musik (catalog number 100 136 PAL) on January 29, 2001 in Europe. This 168 minute DVD documentary has region 2 & 5 encoding (Europe, Middle East, Japan, South Africa, Russia, India, Africa, North Korea and Mongolia). It was released in USA with region 1 encoding (US and Canada) on Image Entertainment (catalog number 9246RA) December 18, 2001.
- Early Keyboard Music of Philip Glass performed by Steffen Schleiermacher playing electric organ has been released on the German label MDG (catalogue number 613 1027-2) on January 19, 2001. It features the world première recording of One + One in two different versions, Contrary Motion, Mad Rush and Two Pages. One + One was written by Philip Glass in 1968 for one player and amplified table top as a set of instructions for the constructing and independent testing of the additive musical principle. MDG is distributed in USA by Koch International and on March 27, 2001 in USA.
- Party in Lyceum's Toilets by Belgian pop band Awaken is a double CD concept-album with original songs and cover versions of many artists including short excerpts of Glass's Koyaanisqatsi, opening theme and Open the Kingdom from Songs from Liquid Days. It was independently released (catalogue number AWALP-002) in January 2001 in Belgium.
- Mantra Mix was re-released in USA with a different track listing and a bonus enhanced CD including Compassion in Exile by Philip Glass originally written as the main theme of the soundtrack to Mickey Lemle's 1992 video documentary Compassion in Exile: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama. Other famous contributors are Chemical Brothers, Madonna, Sinead O'Connor, R.E.M., David Byrne, Massive Attack, Natalie Merchant, Moby, Peter Gabriel, etc. It was originally released in 1996 on Mushroom Records in Australia and New Zealand as a compilation benefit album to raise funds for Tibet. The new album supports His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the plight of Tibetan refugees. All artists's royalties have been donated to the Foundation For The Preservation Of The Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) - an organisation committed to helping Tibetan refugees throughout the world. It was released on Narada (catalog number 50294) on October 24, 2000 in USA.
- Silencio performed by violinist Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica is a meditative collection of 20th century works for string orchestra, including Company (for String Orchestra) by Philip Glass. It was originally composed in 1983 for the theater company Mabou Mines for its play based on Samuel Beckett's short novel of the same name. Later it became Glass's String Quartet No. 2 and received its first recording by Kronos Quartet, on their self-titled debut, in 1986. It is heard here in an adaptation for string orchestra. The disc also included the works by Arvo Pärt Tabula Rasa and Darf ich and "Come in!" by the Russian composer Vladimir Martynov. It was released on Nonesuch Records (catalog number 79582-2) on October 10, 2000.
- Symphony No. 5: Requiem, Bardo and Nirmanakaya performed by Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Budapest Children's Choir conducted by Dennis Russell Davies was released on Nonesuch Records (catalog number 79618-2) on October 3, 2000 in USA and November 13, 2000 in Europe. This large scale work for orchestra, chorus and voice was commissioned and conceived as a millennium celebration work for the Salzburg Festival. The vocal text compiled and edited by Philip Glass, James Parks Morton and Kusumita P. Pedersen draws from traditional sources throughout the world. It was premièred by Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Chorus Orfeón Donostiarra of San Sebastián (Spain), Childrens's Choir of the Hungarian Radio and soloists Dawn Upshaw (soprano), Lorraine Hunt (mezzo), Michael Schade (tenor), Eric Owens (baritone) and Franz-Josef Selig (bass) conducted by Dennis Russell Davies on August 28, 1999 in Salzburg (Austria).
- Three Songs for Chorus a Capella were recorded for the first time by Crouch End Festival Chorus, conducted by David Temple for Silva Classics (SILKD6023). The Three Songs featured on an all-Glass CD which also contained Songs from Liquid Days, in a version for soloists, chorus and orchestra arranged by Jeremy Marchant performed by the National Sinfonia and Crouch End Festival Chorus conducted by David Temple featuring Najma Akthar and Wills Morgan and Vessels from Koyaanisqatsi. The three songs are There Are Some Men (Lyrics in English by Leonard Cohen), Quand les Hommes Vivront d'Amour (Lyrics in French by Raymond Levesque) and Piere de Soleil (Lyrics in French by Octavio Paz). This twelve minute choral work was composed in 1984 for the Quebec 1534-1984 Festival. An excerpt from There Are Some Men can be heard at Crouch End Festival Chorus's Concert Calendar web site. The recording was released on October 2, 2000 in UK and October 24, 2000 in USA.
- Glass Cage is a recording of solo piano works by Philip Glass and John Cage by American pianist Bruce Brubaker. It includes Glass's Metamorphosis, Mad Rush, and Satyagraha: Act III - Conclusion arranged for piano. It also includes the piano pieces by John Cage A Room (from She is Asleep) and Dream. A graduate of the Juilliard School (like Philip Glass himself) where he was awarded the school's highest prize, Brubaker was named Young Musician of the Year by the magazine Musical America after his 1988 New York debut at Alice Tully Hall. It was released on Arabesque Recordings (catalog number 6744) on September 12, 2000 in USA.
- Piano Music of Philip Glass by American pianist Aleck Karis includes Metamorphosis, Mad Rush, Wichita Vortex Sutra, Opening from Glassworks and Modern Love Waltz originally written by Philip Glass in 1977 for Constance DeJong's performance of her novel Modern Love. It was released on Roméo Records (catalog number 7204) on September 1, 2000 in USA and it is distributed by Qualiton.
- Piano Dance: A 20th-Century Portrait by pianist Gloria Cheng includes Modern Love Waltz written by Philip Glass in 1977 for Constance DeJong's performance of her novel Modern Love. This collection of dance music written for the piano also includes compositions by Joan Huang, William Albright, Claude Debussy, Samuel Adler, Paul Hindemith, Bahuslav Martinu, György Ligeti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Samuel Barber, Per Norgard, Leo Ornstein, Alexander Scriabin, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Ravel, George Antheil, Henry Cowel, Sergei Prokofiev, Federico Mompou, Alberto Ginastera, Donald R. Davis and Miguel del Aguila. It was released on Telarc label (catalog number 80549) on July 25, 2000.
- Symphony No. 3, The Light, Mechanical Ballet from The Voyage and Interludes Nos. 1 & 2 from the CIVIL warS (Rome Section) performed by Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies was released on May 30, 2000 on Nonesuch Records (catalog number 79581-2) in USA. Symphony No. 3 is a 24 minute work for string orchestra commissioned by the Würth Foundation for the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and it was premièred by the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies in Künzelsau (Germany) on February 5, 1995. The Light is a 21 minute orchestral work conceived as the first part of Glass's "portraits of nature" (The Canyon and Itaipu are the other parts) commemorating the one-hundredth anniversary of the Michelson-Morley experiment that confirmed the way light travels through space and it was premièred on October 29, 1987 by the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi. Mechanical Ballet is a six minute orchestral interlude from Act I, Scene 2 of The Voyage, the opera commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Columbus at America and premièred at the Metropolitan Opera conducted by Bruce Ferden in New York City (USA) on October 12, 1992. The two Interludes from the CIVIL warS were previously unreleased.
- Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Prelude from Akhnaten, Dance from Akhnaten and Company (for String Orchestra) performed by violinist Adele Anthony and Ulster Orchestra conducted by Takuo Yuasa was released on Naxos label (catalog number 8.554568) on April 3, 2000 in Europe and May 2, 2000 in USA. Prelude (12 minutes) and Dance (5 minutes) from the 1984 opera Akhnaten are available here for the first time as independent orchestral works.
- Condo Painting is a documentary film by John McNaughton about New York City painter George Condo. The soundtrack album includes a previously unreleased short excerpt (1:40) originally written by Philip Glass for Mickey Lemle's 1992 documentary Compassion in Exile: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama. Other cue from this unreleased soundtrack was included in rare discs such as New Age Music & New Sounds Vol. 50 and Mantra Mix. It also includes previously unreleased music by Dana Colley, Juliana Hatfield, Kelly Joe Phelps and Joey Altruda, as well as other tracks by DJ Spooky, The Residents, Tom Waits, Sonic Youth, Phish, Ken Hale, King Crimson, Double Naught Spy Car, Sebadoh and Morphine. It was released on Gallery Six Records (catalog number RSR-0016) on April 18, 2000 in USA.
- Punishing Kiss is an album by German singer Ute Lemper including a collection of original contemporary songs by artists such as Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Neil Hannon and The Divine Comedy, Scott Walker and Philip Glass. The Glass's song, previously unreleased, is Streets of Berlin originally written from the film Bent scored for voice and solo piano with lyrics by Martin Sherman and arranged here for a pop instrumentation done by The Divine Comedy. It was released internationally on Decca (catalog number 466473) on March 27, 2000. In France it included a bonus CD (with three of the songs in French) and other editions were released on March 1, 2000 in Japan (with a bonus track) and April 4, 2000 in USA.
- I Döda Mästares Sällskap 5: Levande Tradition (In the Company of Dead Masters 5: Living Tradition) is a disc performed by Swedish pianist Hans Pålsson including Metamorphosis Five. "I Döda Mästares Sällskap" is a Swedish TV show where Hans Pålsson talks about and plays classical piano pieces. The disc includes all the music played in the 5th series of the show, which is currently being shown on Swedish TV. The other pieces are by Beethoven, Chopin, Börtz, Mozart, Pärt, Bach, Grieg, Villa-Lobos, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Shostakovich, Schumann, Debussy, Takemitsu, Schubert and Satie. It was released on Naxos Sweden (catalog number 8.554794) on December 28, 1999 in Sweden (Information kindly provided by Ola Torstensson).
- Minimal Piano Works, Volume 1 is an entire disc of piano music of Philip Glass performed by Dutch pianist Jeroen Van Veen. It includes Metamorphosis, Mad Rush, Wichita Vortex Sutra and an eleven minute arrangement of Opening from Glassworks. This is the first volume of a set of upcoming discs of minimal piano pieces of composers such as John Adams, Arvo Pärt, John Cage, Louis Andriessen, Simeon Ten Holt, etc. It was released on Dutch label Piano Productions (catalog number PP 9910) on December 14, 1999 in The Netherlands.
- French pianist and composer Jay Gottlieb has recorded an entire disc of piano music of Philip Glass including a piano version previously unreleased of The Olympian - Lighting of the Torch composed for the opening ceremony of the 1984 Olympic Games and released on its original orchestral version on The Official Music of the 1984 Games LP. The other piano works on the disc are Metamorphosis, Mad Rush, Wichita Vortex Sutra and Opening from Glassworks. Like Philip Glass himself, Jay Gottlieb studied at Juilliard School and also with Nadia Boulanger and he has gaigned international reputation and awards. It was released on French label PianoVox (catalog number PIA 520) on October 5, 1999 in France. It was re-issued on French label Ogam (catalogue number: 488007-2) in 2002.
- Dracula, Philip Glass's newly composed score for the 1931 classic film by Tod Browning starring Béla Lugosi, has been written for string quartet performing Kronos Quartet. It was commissioned by Universal Family and Home Entertainment Production for inclusion as part of Universal's Classic Monsters collection, to be released on video. The CD was released on Nonesuch Records (catalog number 79542) on August 31, 1999 in USA. A small promotional tour accompanied this event screening the film with the soundtrack performed live by Kronos Quartet assisted by Philip Glass playing piano in some parts conducted by Michael Riesman. It was premièred on September 4, 1999 at Telluride Film Festival in Telluride, CO (USA).
- A new version of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra performing violinist Robert McDuffie and Houston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christoph Eschenbach was released on Telarc label (catalog number 80494) on August 9, 1999 in UK and August 24, 1999 in USA. It also included Violin Concerto by John Adams.
- Aguas da Amazonia (Amazonian waters) performed by Brazilian instrumental ensemble Uakti (pronounced "wah-ke-chee") conducted by Marco Antônio Guimarães, features previously unreleased music composed by Philip Glass in 1993 for a ballet for Grupo Corpo Brazilian Dance Theatre originally entitled 7 or 8 Pieces for a Ballet. The disc also includes Metamorphosis I arranged by Marco Antônio Guimarães for Uakti's instruments. Philip Glass became acquainted with Uakti through their performance on Paul Simon's Rhythm of the Saints album and they have recorded since then four albums on Point Music where Philip Glass was artistic director. It was released on Point Music (catalog number 289464064) on August 3, 1999 in USA.
- Music of the Movies is a compilation of orchestral cover versions of famous movie themes performed by American Film Orchestra including The Truman Show Suite from the soundtrack to Peter Weir's film The Truman Show after Glass's works The Beginning and Living Waters (from Anima Mundi) and Truman Sleeps (from The Truman Show). It also features interpretations of music of the movies Armageddon, Godzilla, Dr. Doolittle, Saving Private Ryan, Deep Impact, A Bug's Life, Prince Of Egypt, Titanic and The Truman Show. It was released on May 11, 1999 on the label First Choice (catalog number 4634) distributed in USA by Platinum Entertainment.
- Klassische und jiddische Lieder (Classical and Yiddish Songs) performed by German vocal ensemble Trio A Due features Glass's Freezing from Songs from Liquid Days arranged for piano and voice. Trio a Due are Felicitas Weyer (mezzo-soprano & piano) and Almut Seebeck (soprano). This is a live recording at the Alte Oper Frankfurt on November 10, 1998. It also features songs by Johannes Brahms and Shlomo Secunda.
Main Past Events
- September 21, 2002: Concerto for Harpsichord and Chamber Orchestra (World Première) performed by harpsichordist Jillon Stoppels Dupree with Northwest Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ralf Gothóni at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington (USA).
- June 24, 2002: Galileo, Galilei (World Première), a new opera in ten scenes by Philip Glass adapted from the life of the famous Italian scientist Galileo by Mary Zimmerman with Philip Glass and Arnold Weinstein, libretto by Arnold Weinstein directed by Mary Zimmerman and music conducted by Beatrice Jona Affron at Albert Ivar Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois (USA).
- February 3, 2002: Symphony No. 6 (Plutonian Ode) (World Première) performed by American Composers Orchestra and soprano Lauren Flanigan conducted by Dennis Russell Davies at Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall in New York City (USA).
- November 30, 2001: Dancissimo (World Première) performed by Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andreas Delfs at Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA).
- October 21, 2001: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (World Première) performed by cellist Julian Lloyd Webber with China Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yu Long at Poly Theatre, Beijing Music Festival in Beijing (China).
- July 26, 2001: Film Shorts (World Première) in a screening of new short films by Peter Greenaway (The Man in the Bath), Atom Egoyan (Diaspora), Shirin Neshat (Passage), Michal Rovner (Notes), and Godfrey Reggio (Anima Mundi and Evidence) with the score performed live by Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble conducted by Michael Riesman at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center Festival in New York City (USA).
- May 25, 2001: Voices (World Première) for pipe organ, two didgeridoos, clap sticks and narrator performed by didgeridoo virtuoso Mark Atkins, Calvin Bowman (organ), Ron Murray (second didgeridoo and clapsticks) and Wurundjeri elder Joy Murphy Wandin (narrator) at City of Melbourne Town Hall to celebrate the refurbishment of the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ as part of a concert in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra subscription season in Melbourne, Victoria (Australia).
- November 19, 2000: Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra (World Première) performed by timpanists Jonathan Haas and Svetoslav Stoyanov with American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City (USA).
- 2000 / 2001 Touring Season: The Music and Film with the film presented on the screen and the soundtrack performed live by Philip Glass (keyboards), Michael Riesman (keyboards) and Kronos Quartet conducted by Michael Riesman.
- October 15, 2000: Songs from Liquid Days (Choral version) (World Première) in a version for chorus and orchestra by Jeremy Marchant performed by the National Sinfonia and Crouch End Festival Chorus conducted by David Temple at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London (UK).
- September 22, 2000: Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (World Première) performed by Dennis Russell Davies (piano and conductor) and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra at the 7th annual Klangspuren Festival in Schwaz, Tirol (Austria). This concert was broadcast live on Austrian radiostation Österreich 1 and by German Radio Berlin on October 9, 2000.
- August 31, 2000: In the Penal Colony (World Première), a new chamber opera for two singers, three actors and a string quintet with libretto by Rudolph Wurlitzer based on the original story by Franz Kafka directed by JoAnne Akalaitis with choreography by Pat Graney and Alan Johnson conducting the Metropolitan String Ensemble with singers John Duykers as The Visitor, and Herbert Perry and Eugene Perry doubling as The Officer, and José J. Gonzales, Steven M. Levine, and Matt Seidman in nonsinging roles at the Falls Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) in Seattle, Washington (USA).
- August 28, 1999: Symphony No. 5: Requiem, Bardo and Nirmanakaya (World Première) performed by Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (Austria), Chorus Orfeón Donostiarra of San Sebastián (Spain), Children's Choir of the Hungarian Radio and soloists Dawn Upshaw (soprano), Lorraine Hunt (mezzo), Michael Schade (tenor), Eric Owens (baritone) and Franz-Josef Selig (bass) conducted by Dennis Russell Davies at Salzburg Festival, Large Festival Hall in Salzburg (Austria). The concert was broadcast on Austrian radiostation Österreich 1 on September 3, 1999 and by Canadian CBC Radio Two on November 7, 1999.
- 1998 / 1999 Touring Season of Monsters of Grace.
- The Sound of a Voice is an upcoming chamber opera by Philip Glass, scored for two singers, a man and a woman, and a small ensemble with Asian and Western instrumentation including a pikpa player. It is going to be directed by Robert Woodruff and the libretto written by Asian-American playwright David Henry Hwang is based on his one act play originally appeared at The New York Public Theatre in the early 80's in which the dreams and fantasies of a Japanese writer and an aging warrior are laid bare. Philip Glass's previous collaborations with David Henry Hwang include The Voyage, 1000 Airplanes on the Roof and After Eros. It has been commissioned by A.R.T. - American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). It is going to be premièred at the Loeb Drama Center, A.R.T. - American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA) on May 24, 2003 and will continue for performances through June 28, 2003.
- Waiting for the Barbarians is a future opera project in two acts by Philip Glass with libretto by Christopher Hampton based on the 1982 novel by South African writer John Michael Coetzee which won the Booker Prize. It is a startling allegory of the war between oppresor and oppressed. It is the story of a loyal servant of the Empire witnessing the Empire's cruel and unjust treatment of prisoners of war with the barbarians and commiting a quixotic act of rebellion that brands him an enemy of the state.
- The Memoirs of a Survivor is a future opera project by Philip Glass with libretto based on the novel written by Doris Lessing in 1988. It is a magical tale describing the charged emotional atmosphere a few years from now, when barbarism is the norm and each of us has to struggle to survive. It will be the final part of the trilogy of operas based on novels by British writer Doris Lessing. The other parts of the trilogy are the operas The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (1986) and The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five (1997).
- The Palace of the Arabian Nights should be the first part of a two-operas historical project on discoveries by Philip Glass in collaboration with American designer Robert Wilson. The story will start in ninth century at the time of the spread of Islam until the beginning of the Renaissance. The libretto will be written by an expert on dervish poetry. This future project is still awaiting a commission. The second part is O Corvo Branco (White Raven) covering the Renaissance, the Portuguese discoveries until nowadays and to the future.
- Galileo Galilei is an opera by Philip Glass (the 18th of his operas) in ten scenes adapted from the life of the Italian scientist Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642) accused heretic by the Inquisition. It is directed by Mary Zimmerman, with libretto by Mary Zimmerman with Philip Glass and Arnold Weinstein. Drawing from letters of Galileo and his family, and various other documents, it retrospectively journeys through Galileo's life. Opening with him as an old, blind man after the trial and Inquisition for his heresy, it explores his religiosity as well as his break with the church, and expands into the greater, oscillating relationship of science to both religion and art, reaching its end with Galileo -as an infant- watching an opera composed by his father. It was commissioned by the Goodman Theatre for the 2001-2002 Season. It was premièred on June 24, 2002 (previews begun on June 14, 2002) and continues for performances through August 4, 2002 directed by Mary Zimmerman and music conducted by Beatrice Jona Affron at Albert Ivar Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois (USA). Further performances continued at Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City (USA) on October 1, 3 - 5, 2002. The European première will be performed at The Barbican Center in London (UK) on November 1 - 3, 5 - 9, 2002. For more information, visit Mark Walther's tribute to this opera.
- In the Penal Colony is a chamber opera composed by Philip Glass in 2000 (the 17th of his operas) scored for string quintet (string quartet plus double bass), two male singers (bass and baritone) and three actors in nonsinging roles directed by Philip Glass's ex-wife JoAnne Akalaitis with choreography by Pat Graney. It is a commission by A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) in Seattle (USA) produced in collaboration with Court Theatre in Chicago (USA). The libretto written by Rudolph Wurlitzer is based on the tale of the same name by Czech writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924). The original story was written in 1919 and it is on the surface a frightening fantasy on prisons and torture, but as the tale unfolds we can see a struggle between enlightenment and the conquering of the human spirit. A visitor comes to witness an execution by a machine of capital punishment which he deems as antiquated and inhumane but the colony's presiding officer cannot imagine justice without this machine. This was the second work by Philip Glass based on a story by Franz Kafka, the first one was written in 1988 for a play on Kafka's Metamorphosis. It was premièred at A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) in Seattle, Washington (USA) on August 31, 2000, performed by Alan Johnson conducting the Metropolitan String Ensemble with singers John Duykers as The Visitor, and Herbert Perry and Eugene Perry doubling as The Officer, and José Gonzales, Steven M. Levine, and Matt Seidman in nonsinging roles. It was also performed at Court Theatre in Chicago, Illinois (USA) from November 1 to December 10, 2000 and at Classic Stage Company from June 14 to July 15, 2001 in New York City (USA). The European première was directed by Birgitta Trommler at Staatstheater Darmstadt in Darmstadt (Germany) on March 24, 2002.
- O Corvo Branco (White Raven) is an opera composed by Philip Glass in 1991 (the 10th of his operas) in collaboration with American designer Robert Wilson. The opera is in five acts with two overtures, four "knee plays" and epilogue. It is scored for orchestra, chorus and soloists. The libretto was written by Portuguese writer Luísa Costa Gomes (in Portuguese, a language that Philip Glass speaks) and the story takes the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the fifteenth century as a starting point to focus on the ecological issues of the modern world, such as the pollution of the oceans and the destruction of the Amazon forests. Mythically, the raven was white, representing the pristine purity of the world, but it turned black when people began to exploit each other and their environment. This opera is the final part of an historical project on discoveries which first part, awaiting a commission, The Palace of the Arabian Nights, will cover from ninth century to the beginning of the Renaissance. It was commissioned by the Committee for the Portuguese Discoveries for the World Expo '98 in Lisbon (Portugal) and Teatro Real in Madrid (Spain). It was premièred by Orquesta Sinfónica Portuguesa and Coro do Teatro Nacional São Carlos conducted by Dennis Russell Davies at Teatro Camões at the World Expo '98 in Lisbon (Portugal) on September 26, 1998. It was also performed from November 28 to December 5, 1998 at Teatro Real in Madrid. The performance on December 4, 1998 was broadcast live on Spanish TV - 2nd channel (TVE2) and Spanish National Radio (RNE) - Classical Radio. The American première was performed by American Composers Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies at Lincoln Center Festival on July 10, 2001 in New York City (USA).
- Monsters of Grace, is a digital opera in three dimensions composed by Philip Glass in 1998 (the 16th of his operas) in collaboration with American designer Robert Wilson. It is scored for four live amplified voices, woodwinds, keyboards, Macintosh computers, MIDI interface and custom-designed sampled Persian and other Middle-Eastern string and percussion instruments with 13 three-dimensional computer animated scenes created by Kleiser-Walczak Construction Company and projected onto a large screen in the 70mm stereoscopic film format directed by Diana Walczak and Jeff Kleiser. The libretto is based on 9 poems by the 13th century Persian poet Yalal al-Din Rumi, the original whirling dervish, translated and adapted to English by Coleman Barks. Due to numerous changes made at the end by the perfectionist theater director, the 3-D computer animated images were not completely finished for all the scenes at time, and some of them were staged for live performance in the first versions. It was premièred (Version 1.0) on April 15, 1998 in Los Angeles, USA. Next version was performed in London, UK (Version 1.2) and the last version with staged scenes was performed in Peralada, Spain (Version 1.3). For further details, read the full credits, notes and schedule information. An interview with Philip Glass on this opera and sound excerpts were aired on April 16, 1998 on KCRW and an excerpt can be found at Glass Pages Audio Section.
- The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five is an opera composed by Philip Glass in 1997 (the 15th of his operas) in collaboration with British writer Doris Lessing. The opera is in two acts and is scored for orchestra, chorus and soloists. The normal string section of the orchestra is here deliberately missing and is substitued by a 40-voice chorus. The libretto written in English by Doris Lessing is based on her novel of the same name. They collaborated previously in The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 opera in 1986. It was commissioned by the State Government of Baden-Württemberg and the Cement Corporation of Heidelberg (Germany). It was premièred at Theater der Stadt in Heidelberg (Germany) on May 10, 1997 directed by Birgitta Trommler and conducted by Thomas Kalb. For the Heidelberg production the libretto was translated into German by Saskia M. Wesnigk. The novel belongs to the genre of fantasy and explores the fights between men and women and the dimensions of sex and love in three different cultures and ways of life (zones in the novel). It was first performed in its original English-language version on June 7, 2001 (American première) at DePaul Opera Theatre directed by Harry Silverstein and performed by the Chicago Cammerata conducted by Robert Kaminskas in Chicago, Illinois (USA).
- Les Enfants Terribles (subtitled Children of the Game) is the third opera by Philip Glass (the 14th of his operas) of the trilogy related to French artist Jean Cocteau (b. 1889, d. 1963). The other parts of the trilogy are the chamber opera Orphée (1993) and the opera for film La Belle et la Bête (1994). It was premièred on May 18, 1996 in Zug (Switzerland). It is not properly an opera but a "dance-opera spectacle" and is a collaboration with American choreographer Susan Marshall. Both made the adaptation of the novel by Jean Cocteau published in Paris in 1929. Philip Glass himself wrote the libretto. The story is a tragedy about a brother and a sister living in their own world of fantasy, narcissistic love and games of children and their incapacity to go out of this world when they grow up. The opera-ballet is in 27 scenes with seven (or eight) dancers and four singers but all in perfect balance even representing singers and dancers the same characters at the same time, illustrating various aspects of their personalities simultaneously. The music is scored for three electronic keyboards played by members of the Philip Glass Ensemble with Philip Glass among them and directed by Karen Kamensek. An interview with Philip Glass on this opera and sound excerpts were aired on October 23, 1997 on KCRW. It has been recorded for Nonesuch Records.
- The Hours is a new film produced by Scott Rudin and directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) adapted from Michael Cunningham's 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel starring Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, and Ed Harris. This drama tells three stories simultaneously of women in different times, all drawn upon the writings and life of author Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman). One story is about the author herself in 1923 while she's writing her book, Mrs. Dalloway. The second story is about a housewife (Julianne Moore) who can't stop reading Mrs. Dalloway and is planning a birthday party for her husband. The third is about a modern day New York woman (Meryl Streep) throwing a party for her friend and former lover (Ed Harris) dying of AIDS. It is planned a release date of December 27, 2002 to qualify for Oscar nominations and would expand wider in January or February, 2003. It will be distributed by Paramount Pictures (USA), and Miramax Pictures (international). The music for the film has been entirely composed by Philip Glass for piano (performed by Michael Riesman) and string orchestra and it will be released on Nonesuch Records on December 10, 2002.
- Pandemic: Facing AIDS is an upcoming documentary five-part series film by Rory Kennedy with original music by Philip Glass produced by Moxie Firecracker Films, in association with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and HBO and Home Box Office (HBO). It focuses on the impact of AIDS in five countries around the world: Uganda, India, Brazil, Thailand and Russia following the personal stories of people who are living with HIV/AIDS and the organizations that work to provide treatment and prevent further transmission. The five-part series will be aired on HBO TV channel in Spring 2003 in USA.
- The McNamara Project is an upcoming documentary film by Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, A Brief History of Time) about Robert McNamara, USA Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson Administration who subsequently became president of the World Bank. It will combine an interview with Mr. McNamara discussing some of the tragedies and glories of the 20th Century, archival footage, documents, and an original score by Philip Glass.
- DVD releases of Glass's scored films:
- Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Bête, with Glass's opera score remixed in Dolby Digital, will be released on the Criterion Collection in the Spring of 2003 in USA.
- Tod Browning's Dracula DVD, with Glass's new score performed by Kronos Quartet was released on October 14, 2002 in Europe (region 2 encoding). It was previously released in USA (region 1) on December 21, 1999.
- Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi two pack DVD were released by MGM Home Entertainment on September 17, 2002 in USA (region 1 only, for now). They are also available separately. Both original soundtracks were remixed in Dolby Digital. The DVDs are in widescreen format and include the 30 minute documentary Essence of Life featuring interviews with Philip Glass and Godfrey Reggio as well as theatrical trailers from Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi.
- Godfrey Reggio's Powaqqatsi was released on September 14, 2001 in Germany.
- Bill Condon's Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh was released on August 28, 2001 in USA.
- Paul Schrader's Mishima was released on August 7, 2001 in USA.
- The Baroness and the Pig is a new film by Michael MacKenzie based on his play with new music by Philip Glass. It is an historical drama set in the late-19th century period piece set in Paris starring Patricia Clarkson, Colm Feore, Caroline Dhavernas, and Bernard Hepton. It is produced by Media Principia Inc., a film production company specialized in making films that draw on new digital producion technologies. The film was shot entirely in digital high definition (HDTV) filmed on location in Hungary. The post-production work in digital high definition was completed in the Ex-Centris studios in Montreal (Canada). It was first shown on September 8, 2002 at Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto (Canada).
- Naqoyqatsi (Life as War) by Godfrey Reggio is the third film of the -qatsi trilogy (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi). From the Hopi language, Natkoy means war, Katsi means life and in its compound term it means war as a way of life. It merges the power of image and music to plunge into the heart of the hyper-accelerated, globally wired 21st century. Mesmerizing images plucked from everyday reality, then visually altered with state-of-the-art digital techniques, stream across the screen in synch with a hypnotic score by Philip Glass, featuring the passionate cello work of Yo-Yo Ma. Despite the film's nonverbal nature, the ultimate effect of its starkly futuristic, computer-enhanced visual fabric is to get people talking about how technology is altering everything and the very face of the human future. Like a concert, it unfolds in three movements. Movement One/Numerica.com explores the newly wired world and the ongoing evolution from human language to numerical code. Movement Two/Circus Maximus delves into the realms of sports, competition and the love of money which are elevated to the prime values of life. Movement Three/Rocketship 20th Century takes off on a journey into sheer speed and the breakneck acceleration of 21st century life -- the resulting explosive tempo of technology is war, is civilized violence. The executive producer of the film is Academy Award-winning director, writer and producer Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven, Erin Brockovich, Traffic) and it will be distributed worldwide by Miramax Pictures. It was first shown on August 31, 2002 at Telluride Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado (USA) and it was presented on September 5, 2002 at Venice Film Festival in Venice (Italy). It opened in theaters on October 18, 2002 in USA. The soundtrack by Philip Glass with cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma conducted by Michael Riesman was relased on Sony Classical on October 8, 2002 in USA.
- Shorts is a new performance programme of new silent short films by distinguished independent international media makers Peter Greenaway, Atom Egoyan, Shirin Neshat, and Michal Rovner, who were selected by Philip Glass to write new musical scores to be performed live by Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble as part of Philip on Film tour. Peter Greenaway's The Man in the Bath uses advanced digital-editing technology to show the experiences of a man condemned to endure hot and cold water torture; Atom Egoyan's Diaspora is an optical manipulation of abstract images; Shirin Neshat's Passage is an evocative, desert-set journey from birth to death and rebirth; and Michal Rovner's Notes explores the idea of people as notes on the pages of life—fragile points of contact between reality and illusion. The program also includes live concert screenings of Anima Mundi and Evidence by Godfrey Reggio. It was premièred on July 26, 2001 by Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble conducted by Michael Riesman at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center Festival in New York City (USA). The soundtracks to the shorts The Man in the Bath, Diaspora and Evidence was released on Nonesuch Records on October 2, 2001 in USA as part of a limited edition 5 CD box set of Glass's film music and will be available only during the Philip on Film 2001 / 2002 performance tour of Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble.
- Le Secret (The Secret) is a French film by Virginie Wagon produced by Diaphana Films starring Anne Coesens, Michel Bompoil, Tony Todd, Quentin Rossi and Jacqueline Jehanneuf. It included a short excerpt of the Prologue from The CIVIL warS - Rome Section and was first shown on November 1, 2000 in France. It was released on DVD on June 20, 2001 in France.
- One Day in September is a 95-minute documentary film by Kevin Macdonald narrated by Michael Douglas about the hostage crisis at the 1972 Munich Olympics when members of the Israeli team were kidnapped by terrorists. The soundtrack used Glass's music from Symphony No. 2, Compassion In Exile, and Façades. It won an 1999 Academy Award (March 2000) for Best Full Length Documentary.
- Condo Painting is an 87-minute documentary film by John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) about the the life, work and thought of New York-based painter George Condo, an associate of "Beat" writers Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. The film released by October Films premièred at the Angelika Film Center in New York City on March 10, 2000. A soundtrack album was released on Gallery Six Records on April 18, 2000 in USA and it included a previously unreleased excerpt of music by Philip Glass originally written for 1992 Mickey Lemle's documentary Compassion in Exile: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama.
- Dracula is a 1931 film by Tod Browning starring Béla Lugosi, Helen Chandler & David Manners based on the famous story by Bram Stoker. Philip Glass has composed a new soundtrack to this classic film scored for string quartet and performed by Kronos Quartet. It was commissioned by Universal Family and Home Entertainment Production for inclusion as part of Universal's Classic Monsters collection, to be released on video and DVD. The CD was released on August 31, 1999 in USA. A small promotional tour accompanied this event screening the film with the soundtrack performed live by Kronos Quartet assisted by Philip Glass playing piano in some parts conducted by Michael Riesman. It was premièred on September 4, 1999 at Telluride Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado (USA).
- The Eden Myth by Mark Edlitz is an USA film produced by Tuesday Night Movies starring Julia Dyon, Justin Kirk, Zohra Lampert, Mark Pinter, Gil Rogers, Jenna Stern and Todd Weeks. Philip Glass contributed the score to this familiar drama with excerpts from Compassion in Exile, Closing, Façades, Phaedra, Company, In the Summer House, In the Upper Room, TSE, A Brief History of Time, Harris and Mindwalk. It was shown at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 1999 on January 30, 1999.
- The Source by Chuck Workman is a 88 minute documentary tracing the history of the 1950s USA "Beat" movement through its three defining writers: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. It includes archival footage as well as recent interviews and staged performances of his works by Johnny Deep, John Turturro and Denis Hopper. The documentary was produced by Calliope Films and it was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival 1999 on 23, January 1999. The soundtrack featured Cabin in the Rockies from Hydrogen Jukebox by Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass and Metamorphosis Two from Solo Piano by Philip Glass.
- The Truman Show by Peter Weir starring Jim Carrey is a satire about a man whose life has been written and filmed by hidden cameras and broadcast in a long-running TV series. Philip Glass appears himself briefly playing Truman Sleeps. It was released in USA on June 5, 1998. The soundtrack included original music by Philip Glass and Burkhard Dallwitz as well as other previously released music by Philip Glass, Frederic Chopin and Wojciech Kilar among others. It was released on Milan records on June 2, 1998 in USA.
Philip Glass's score won the 1999 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score in a Motion Picture.
- Si Je T'aime, Prends Garde à Toi (Be Ware of My Love) is a French psychological drama written and directed by Jeanne Labrune starring Daniel Duval and Nathalie Baye. It was released in France in 1998 and the soundtrack featured Protest from Philip Glass's opera Satyagraha.
- Cenere (Ash) is an Italian silent film by Febo Mari aka Alfredo Rodriguez released in 1916. Philip Glass has composed a soundtrack to the film he had played live along with saxophonist Jon Gibson on December 1, 1997 at Fortissimamente Italia - Messina Film Festival in Messina, Sicily (Italy).
- Kundun by Martin Scorsese is a film about the early life of the last Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetans Buddhists (Philip Glass's religion). The soundtrack was released on Nonesuch Records in 1997. With this soundtrack Philip Glass won the best music award of Los Angeles Film Critics Association in 1997 and he was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1998. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated him for an Oscar for the best achievement in music (original dramatic score).
- Bent by Sean Mathias is an English independent film released on November 26, 1997. This drama examines the persecution of homosexuals under the Third Reich. In the cast of the film appears Mick Jagger, the singer of the Rolling Stones, singing Glass's song Streets of Berlin scored for voice and solo piano with lyrics by Martin Sherman. This song was included in the album Punishing Kiss by singer Ute Lemper and released on Decca on March 27, 2000.
- Seeds of Tibet: Voices of Children in Exile is a 26 minute video documentary produced and directed by Toby Beach and Peter Yost including an interview with the Dalai Lama and music by Philip Glass and Mickey Hart.
- Absence Stronger than Presence by Benita Raphan is a seven minute documentary released on August 26, 1996. The soundtrack featured Dance VIII from In the Upper Room and Façades from Glassworks by Philip Glass.
- Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent by Christopher Hampton. The soundtrack was released on Nonesuch Records in 1996.
- Evidence by Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi & Anima Mundi) is an eight minute 35 mm film about the hypnotic effect of television on children - in this case Walt Disney's "Dumbo". The soundtrack featured a new version of Façades from Glassworks by Philip Glass. The film was shot in Rome on March 27, 1996. A live screening of this short film with the soundtrack performed live by Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble is going to be performed on tour as part of the Shorts performance of Philip on Film tour. The soundtrack was released on Nonesuch Records on October 2, 2001 in USA as part of a limited edition 5 CD box set of Glass's film music and will be available only during the Philip on Film performance tour.
- Jenipapo (The Interview) by Monique Gardenberg is a Brazilian film released in 1995. Philip Glass composed the entire soundtrack including the song Ignorant Sky sang by Suzanne Vega with lyrics by Antonio Cicero.
- The Études for solo piano is a set of ongoing piano pieces. The first book of ten études have already been premièred by Philip Glass on his solo piano concerts and he is working on the second book. Études Nos. 1 - 3 were composed for conductor Dennis Russell Davies on the occasion of his 50th birthday in 1994. Étude No. 6 was commissioned by the Sydney Festival (Australia) and it was premièred by Philip Glass at Sydney Opera House on January 12, 1996. Études Nos. 7 & 8 were commissioned by the Shambhala Community in Halifax (Canada) and the Nova Scotia Arts Council (Canada) and they were premièred by Philip Glass at Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax (Canada) on May 25, 1999. Each piano piece approaches the piano in a somewhat different way, producing a highly diverse set of pieces. Études Nos.1, 2 & 6 can be heard played live on two interviews with Philip Glass aired on November 8, 1995 and March 11, 1997 on KCRW radio station. Philip Glass has re-sequenced the pieces and the previous numbers will all change.
- Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 (Title TBD) is a future 20 minute work commissioned by pianist Paul Barnes, Lied Center for the Performing Arts, and Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It will be inspired on the Lewis and Clark expedition, a 3-year journey that explored 200 years ago the uncharted American West to find and map a transcontinental water route to the Pacific Ocean. It will be premièred by pianist Paul Barnes in September of 2004 at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska (USA) as part of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration.
- Symphony No. 7 is a future project to be composed by Philip Glass for Pacific Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carl St. Clair to be premièred in the Fall of 2005.
- Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra is a future project to be composed by Philip Glass for Kronos Quartet.
- Concerto for Harpsichord and Chamber Orchestra is a new 20 minute work commissioned for the Northwest Chamber Orchestra by Charles C. and Diana Carey. It was premièred by Jillon Stoppels Dupree (harpsichord) with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ralf Gothóni on September 21, 2002 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington (USA). The Concerto, orchestrated for string orchestra, flute, 2 oboes, 2 horns and bassoon, is in typical concerto form with three movements: a contemplative moderato; a dreaming, meandering middle movement; and an energetic finale, in a rhythmic 7/8 meter. It has Eastern influences, combined with subtle references to the baroque. For more information, visit Mark Walther's tribute to this work.
- The Elephant Man is a new Broadway production of Bernard Pomerance's play directed by Sean Mathias (Bent) and starring Billy Crudup (John Merrick), Kate Burton (Pinhead and Mrs. Kendal), and Rupert Graves (Frederick Treves). It is based on the true life story of John Merrick, a deformed young man who finds hope for a more dignified life after a youth spent as a freak show attraction. Philip Glass wrote about 15 minutes of incidental music scored for wind, brass and light percussion. The score consists of short cues from 20 seconds to 2 or 3 minutes long. It begun performances on March 26, 2002 and officially opened on April 14, 2002 at Broadways Royale Theatre in New York City (USA). The production closed on June 2, 2002.
- Symphony No. 6 "Plutonian Ode" is a new 45 minute piece for solo voice and orchestra with text drawn from Allen Ginsberg's Plutonian Ode. It has been co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Brucknerhaus Linz celebrating the 65th birthday of Philip Glass to be premièred by American Composers Orchestra and soprano Lauren Flanigan conducted by Dennis Russell Davies on February 3, 2002 at Carnegie Hall in New York City (USA). The subject of the poem is about nuclear pollution to the natural environment and to the human environment. The poem is in three sections and describes the half-life of plutonium, then the responsibility of people who live in this environment, then the special responsibility of artists and creative people who live in this environment. The three movements of the symphony (What New Element..., The Bard Surveys Plutonian History, and This Ode to You O Poets) follow the three parts of the poem, and follow, also, the passage of the poem-the first movement a passionate outcry against nuclear contamination and pollution, the second a turn towards healing, and the final movement an epiphany arrived at through personal transformation. Further performances continued on September 15, 2002 performed by Bruckner Orchester Linz and soprano Lauren Flanigan conducted by Dennis Russell Davies at Großer Saal, Brucknerhaus Linz in Linz (Austria).
- Web Logo (for José) is a 17 seconds piece for brass quintet written in the fall of 2000. It was commisioned by GlassPages's founder Jordi Petit i Silvestre in order to be heard by the users of this website for their personal, non comercial use. The piece is dedicated to GlassPages's web master José Jiménez Mesa.
- Dancissimo is a 10 minute dance piece for orchestra co-commissioned by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Milwaukee Art Museum to celebrate the opening of Santiago Calatrava's Quadracci Pavilion of the Milwaukee Art Museum. It will use an orchestra no larger than three each of flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons (possibly with the usual doublings of piccolo, English horn, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, and contrabassoon), four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, three percussionists, harp, keyboard and strings. It was premièed by Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andreas Delfs on November 30, 2001 at Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA).
- Concerto for Cello and Orchestra is a new 32 minute work commissioned by the Beijing Music Festival for British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber's 50th birthday to be premièred by Julian Lloyd Webber with China Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yu Long on October 21, 2001 at Poly Theatre, Beijing Music Festival in Beijing (China).
- Voices is a new 35-minute musical work for pipe organ, two didgeridoos, clap sticks and narrator written in collaboration with didgeridoo virtuoso Mark Atkins with text drawn from Aboriginal myths commissioned by the City of Melbourne to celebrate the refurbishment of the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ premièred by Mark Atkins (first didgeridoo), Calvin Bowman (organ), Ron Murray (second didgeridoo and clapsticks) and Wurundjeri elder Joy Murphy Wandin (narrator) conducted by Tyrone Landau on May 25, 2001 at Melbourne Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria (Australia). The American première was performed by Mark Atkins (first didgeridoo), Harry Huff (organ), Ron Murray (second didgeridoo and clapsticks) and Wurundjeri elder Joy Murphy Wandin (narrator) conducted by Michael Riesman on July 25, 2001 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center Festival in New York City (USA). The world première performance was aired on Australian radio station ABC Classic FM on May 26, 2001 and also on New York radio station WNYC on July 23, 2001 and it can be heard on-line at the New Sounds with John Schaefer archive program # 1940.
- Orphée Suite for Piano is a transcription by Paul Barnes for solo piano of seven movements from Glass's 1993 chamber opera Orphée based on the film of the same name by Jean Cocteau. It was premièred on April 19, 2001 by Paul Barnes at The Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School in New York City (USA). Paul Barnes has edited piano arrangements of Knee Play No. 4 from Einstein on the Beach (arranged by Philip Glass, revised by Paul Barnes), Act III Conclusion from Satyagraha (arranged by Michael Riesman, revised by Paul Barnes) and Dance from Akhnaten (arranged by Paul Barnes) to form the Trilogy Sonata which was premièred on April 19, 2001 by Paul Barnes at The Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School in New York City (USA). The Trilogy Sonata was published by Chester Music in December 2001.
- Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra is a 24 minute composition for two timpanists, 14 kettledrums, plus a 78-piece orchestra written for timpanist Jonathan Haas and commissioned by a consortium of orchestras formed by American Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony, and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. This work is divided into three movements: Fast, Slower, and Very Fast, with a cadenza between the second and third movements. In the greatest tradition of cadenza-composing, this one comes with an alternative. The first was composed by Glass and the second written by xylophonist Ian Finkel. Any timpanists performing the Concerto may choose for themselves which one to perform. It was premièred on November 19, 2000 by timpanists Jonathan Haas and Svetoslav Stoyanov with American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City (USA). A version for chamber orchestra arranged by Michael Stern, Philip Glass and Jonathan Haas as well as the first performance of the candeza written by Philip Glass was premièred on March 2, 2002 by timpanists Jonathan Haas and Michael Karcz with Iris Chamber Orchestra conducted by Michael Stern at Germantown Performing Arts Centre in Germantown, Tennessee (USA). For more information, visit Mark Walther's tribute to this work.
- Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra is a 27 minute work for piano and string orchestra commissioned by Klangspuren 2000 Festival with support of Tirol Advertisers and written for Dennis Russell Davies and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. It was premièred on September 22, 2000 by Dennis Russell Davies (piano and conductor) and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra at Klangspuren Festival in Schwaz, Tirol (Austria). The concert is in three movements and the first one contains the revision of Maria Hilf an old Tirolean church song, being the first time Philip Glass used an original theme from folk music. It is going to be released as an limited edition distributed by the Tirol Tourist Board in 2003.
- Songs from Liquid Days (Choral Version) for chorus and orchestra by Jeremy Marchant is a new version of Songs from Liquid Days by Philip Glass originally released in 1986. This arrangement has been produced with the support of Glass's publishers and Philip Glass himself. It was recorded in November 1999 by the National Sinfonia and Crouch End Festival Chorus conducted by David Temple for release on the Silva Classics label on October 2, 2000 in UK and on October 24, 2000 in USA. It was premièred on October 15, 2000 by the National Sinfonia and Crouch End Festival Chorus conducted by David Temple at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London (UK).
- Symphony No. 5: Requiem, Bardo and Nirmanakaya is a ninety minute large scale symphonic composition (800 page score) in twelve movements for five vocal soloists, great mixed chorus, children's choir and ninety-five piece orchestra. It was commissioned and conceived as a millennium celebration work for the Salzburg Festival in Salzburg (Austria). The work honors the wellbeing of all peoples as the second millennium becomes the third. The vocal text compiled and edited by Philip Glass with the Very Reverend James Parks Morton of the Interfaith Center of New York and Professor Kusumita Priscilla Pedersen of St. Francis College represents a broad spectrum of many of the world's great "wisdom" traditions. It begins before the world's creation, passes through earthly life and paradise, and closes with a future dedication. It looks at the moment of the millennium as a bridge between the past (represented by the "Requiem" and embodying the first nine movements up to the moment of Death), the present (the "Bardo" representing the "in-between") and culminating in "Nirmanakaya" (the future manifestation of enlightened activity). It was premièred by Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (Austria), Chorus Orfeón Donostiarra of San Sebastián (Spain), Childrens's Choir of the Hungarian Radio and soloists Dawn Upshaw (soprano), Lorraine Hunt (mezzo), Michael Schade (tenor), Eric Owens (baritone) and Franz-Josef Selig (bass) conducted by Dennis Russell Davies on August 28, 1999 in Salzburg (Austria). Performances continued on September 11, 1999 at Flanders Music Festival in Ghent (Belgium); January 29, 2000 at Perth International Arts Festival in Perth (Australia); January 30, 2000 at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo (Japan) and the American Première was on October 4, 2000 at Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City (USA). It was released on Nonesuch Records on October 3, 2000.
- Psalm 126 is a five minute work for chorus and orchestra. It consists of the text of Psalm 126 set to music. It was premièred on October 19, 1998 by American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City (USA).
- Days and Nights in Rocinha is a 23 minute dance for orchestra for conductor Dennis Russell Davies. The music is inspired by Rocinha, a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) famous for its "samba school". It was premièred on February 8, 1998 by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies. The American première was performed on February 7, 1999 by Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.
- Songs of Milarepa is a 24 minute work for baritone and chamber orchestra commissioned by Sagra Musicale Umbra (Umbra Sacred Music Festival). It is music set to poems by the 11th century Tibetan saint and poet Milarepa. Through years dedicated to meditation and related practices in the solitude of the mountains, Milarepa used spontaneous songs to teach his students an estimated 100,000 spiritual lessons. Philip Glass arranged the texts in the form of a common Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the "Three Principles of the Path," which focus on one's determination to be free and compassionate and attain ultimate wisdom. It is divided in three movements: I Am the Man Called Milarepa, Song of the White Staff and Song of the Five Sisters. It was premièred by baritone Roberto Abbondanza and The Symphonic Orchestra of the Sagra Musicale Umbra conducted by Marcello Panni on September 13, 1997 at Sagra Musicale Umbra in Perugia (Italy).
- Planctus is a song for voice and solo piano created in collaboration with pop singer Natalie Merchant (ex vocalist of 10.000 Maniacs). She wrote the lyrics from a traditional Latin text from the 17th Century and Philip Glass composed the music for solo piano. The song was composed in February 1997 and premièred in public performance on February 17, 1997 at Carnegie Hall in New York City (USA). It was broadcast on the American TV program Sessions at West 54th on August 30, 1997 with Natalie Merchant singing and Philip Glass playing piano. In the same site is available a video of the performance.
- "Heroes" Symphony is the fourth symphony by Philip Glass (composed in 1996; the first one was entitled "Low" Symphony in 1992; Symphony No. 2 was composed in 1994 and Symphony No. 3 in 1995). It is based on the 1977 album by David Bowie and Brian Eno and it is also the music for a ballet by American choreographer Twyla Tharp. It was premièred by Academy of St. Martin in the Fields conducted by Martyn Brabbins on May 15, 1997 at Royal Festival Hall in London (UK). It was recorded by the American Composers Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies and it was released in 1997 on Point Music. The Japanese edition did include a bonus CD single by British techno Aphex Twin with a remix of the first movement of the symphony and the voice of David Bowie taken from the 1977 original album.
- After Eros is a multi-media performance collaboration with American choreographer and performance artist Maureen Fleming and playwright David Henry Hwang who collaborated previously with Philip Glass on 1000 Airplanes on the Roof (1988) and on The Voyage (1992). With a powerful combination of music, sound, lights, projections, setting and movement, After Eros is a sacred journey with references to the myth of Psyche and Eros. In spare, elegant, sculptural transcendence inspired by Butoh, a minimalist movement developed in postwar Japan, it pushes the boundaries of the body's expressive potential exploring our never-ending search for what is universal about the journey of the soul, with accompanying text by David Henry Hwang and music by Philip Glass. It was commisioned by Pittsburgh Dance Council. It was premièred on December 21, 1996 in New York City (USA).
- Call to All Nations is a collaboration with percussionists Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hidalgo and Chalo Eduardo for the opening ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta performed by one hundred percussionists wielding more than a thousand custom-designed instruments seen and heard by over two billion people on July 19, 1996 in Atlanta (USA). It was relased on Rykodisk on April 23, 2002 in USA.
- Le Streghe di Venezia (The Witches of Venice), music for the ballet by Beni Montresor and choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti was commissioned by Teatro alla Scala. It was premièred on December 20, 1995 in Milano (Italy).
- Swatch Melody is a little jingle melody commissioned by the Swiss manufacturer of design watches Swatch to be included as the alarm of the watches belonging to the Musicall Series of the 1995 collection.
- Persephone is a dance play by Robert Wilson based on The Waste Land by T.S. Elliot and texts by Homer, Brad Gooch and Maita de Niscemi with music by Rossini and Philip Glass taken from T.S.E. The 80 minute piece is divided in five acts: Prologue, Persephone I, Inferno, Persephone II and Family. It was premièred at Ancient Stadium of Delphi (Greece) on August 27, 1995.
- Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra was written for and dedicated to the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet. It was premièred on July 21, 1995 by the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Hasselburg (Germany). It was recorded by the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies and it was released in 1998 on Nonesuch Records. An only saxophone quartet version is going to be released in November 2002 on Orange Mountain Music.
- Melodies for Solo Saxophone is a 27 minute set of thirteen pieces for solo saxophone written for Jean Genet's play Prisoner Of Love adapted by Joanne Akalaitis for the New York Theater Workshop and premièred in July 1995. The score has been published by Chester Music for general sale. A recording is going to be released in November 2002 on Orange Mountain Music.
- Symphony for Eight is a 10 minute arrangement for 8 cellos of Symphony No. 3, Movement III by conductor Elías Arizcuren for his Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico. It was premièred by Conjunto Ibérico in June 1999 at Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). It was released on Dutch label Ibérico Records on March 26, 2002 in The Netherlands.
- Symphony No. 3 for string orchestra was commissioned by the Würth Foundation for the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. It was premièred by the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies in Künzelsau (Germany) on February 5, 1995. It was released on May 30, 2000 on Nonesuch Records.
- Echorus (derived from the word echo) is a seven minute piece for two solo violins and string orchestra. It was composed in the winter of 1994-95 especially for Edna Mitchell and Yehudi Menuhin after an orchestral arrangement of piano Étude No. 2. The piece is in A-B-A form and appears as a chaconne. The soloists either play the chaconne or melodic parts suggested by the harmonic structure. The music is inspired by thoughts of compassion and is meant to evoke feelings of serenity and peace. It was released on Col Legno in 1999 but later deleted. A version with narration by Allen Ginsberg was released on June 19, 2001 on Angel Records.
- Now So Long After That Time is a six minute piece for solo piano written for the 50th anniversary of New York Public Radio station WNYC. It was premièred by pianist Christopher O'Riley on June 13, 1994 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City (USA). This piece was later included in the set of The Études for solo piano as Étude No. 4 and it is a piano transcription of a piece from T. S. E. The first performance was aired live and it is only available through WNYC as a thank you gift CD for supporting it in the 2002 fundraising campaign.
- T. S. E.: Come in under the shadow of this red rock, music for the play by Robert Wilson based on text by T. S. Elliot and others. It was commissioned by Relâche Ensemble and premièred at Orestiadi di Gibellina in Gibellina, Sicily (Italy) on September 3, 1994.
- Tesra for Piano is a piece for solo piano written in 1993 to accompany a Linda Kim dance performance entitled Tesra.
- The book Glass: A Biography of Philip Glass by Robert Maycock is going to be published in November 15, 2002 by Sanctuary Publishing, ISBN: 1860743471.
- The Glass's scores Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Brass Sextet, Two Pages (arranged for piano), Music in Contrary Motion (for organ), Three Songs A Capella, Piece in the Shape of a Square (for 2 flutes), Gradus (for soprano saxophone), Satyagraha Act III Finale (for Organ), Head On (for violin, cello and piano), Glassworks (full score), In Again Out Again (arranged for two pianos), 'Trilogy' Sonata (for piano), Melodies for Solo Saxophone, String Quartets Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 and Organ Dance Nos. 2 & 4 have been published by Chester Music for general sale. Previously, only Solo Piano and Songs from Liquid Days (arranged for piano and voice) were available for sale in sheet music shops.
- Philip Glass wrote an article on George Harrison (dead November 29, 2001) on his influential role discovering to Western musicians the so-called "world music" and it was published on The New York Times on December 9, 2001.
- The book Singing Archaeology: Philip Glass's Akhnaten by John Richardson was published in January 1999 by Wesleyan University Press, USA, ISBN: 0819563420.
- The book Music by Philip Glass is now available in German language translated by Dhanya Helmi Komarek and Raffael Boriés including an updated discography, music catalog and bibliography. It was published in 1998 by Sargos Verlag in Germany, ISBN: 3928390058.
- The book American Essentials: Easier Compositions for Piano published by G. Schirmer in August 1998, included the score for Metamorphosis One and Metamorphosis Three by Philip Glass.
- Philip Glass wrote an article on classical musician Igor Stravinsky (b. 1882, d. 1971) and it was published on Time Magazine on June 8, 1998.
- On May 25, 2000 the Peabody Conservatory of Music awarded Philip Glass its highest honor, the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America.
- On May 4, 1999 the American Music Center's annual awards ceremony honored Philip Glass for his substantial contribution to advancing the field of contemporary American music in the USA and abroad.
- Philip Glass was made a Chevalier de l'Order des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1995.
- Philip Glass has been awarded honorary degrees from Brandeis University, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the State University of New York in Buffalo (USA).
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