Philip Glass Etudes at BAM


In a rare moment of high culture interaction I want to see Philip Glass ‘Etudes’ at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was performed by 10 different pianists including Glass himself. A minimal set consisted of a piano and ten piano stools each placed at the back of the stage under a simple backdrop consisting of various simple shapes and projected patterns.
This minimalism perfectly reflected these pieces which all had echoes of the composers more famous orchestral works and film scores, which is how I was first introduced to him.
Each pianist brought something different to the Etude given them, whether it be the more subtle delicate interpretation of Bruce Levingston or the more robust style of Maki Namekawa, who incidentally is the pianist chosen by Glass to interpret the work on CD.
The whole event built beautifully and added up to a lot more than the sum of its intricate parts.Before seeing this I wondered how Philip Glass would fair as the 21st century worn on. On this evidence he may be creating a body of work that is for the ages.

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