Words Without Music
A MemoirBook - 2015
A world-renowned composer of symphonies, operas, and film scores, Glass has, almost single-handedly, crafted the dominant sound of late-twentieth-century classical music. Here his behind-the-scenes recollections allow readers to experience those moments of creative fusion when life so magically merged with art. From his childhood in post-World War II Baltimore to his student days in Chicago, at Julliard, and his first journey to Paris, where he studied under the formidable Nadia Boulanger, Glass movingly recalls his early mentors, while reconstructing the places that helped shape his artistic consciousness.
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"When someone says 'How do you write music for a film?' I say to them truthfully, 'I look at the film and I write down the music.' I don't make music to go with the film, I write the music that 'is' the film. ... This alignment is made through a conscious, nonverbal, contemplative activity. Once the alignment between [the composer] and the dramatic material is estalbished, a link is made on a deep, nonconceptual level between the material and one's inner musical voice (p. 392)".
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