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Old 06-29-2013, 02:20 AM   #1
Mr Ron Price
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PHILIP GLASS and Me and The Baha'i Faith

Section 1:

Philip Morris Glass(1937- ) is an American composer; he was born just three months before the beginning of the inception of the first systematic Baha’í teaching plan. In 1959 at the age of 22, he was a winner in the BMI Foundation’s BMI Student Composer Awards, one of the most prestigious international prizes for young composers. That same year, I was 15 and had just joined the Baha’í Faith. I also played midget baseball and wanted to go to The Show, as major-league baseball is called in North America.

Glass is one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century. His music is also often controversially described as minimalist, along with the work of the other "major minimalists" La Monte Young, Terry Riley and Steve Reich. He has distanced himself from the "minimalist" label, though, describing himself instead as a composer of "music with repetitive structures." I know little about Glass, but what I do know has been attractive to me on several fronts.

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Glass’s interest as a composer is, as I say above, in music with repetitive structures. Much of my poetry is a literary exercise in repetitive structures. Though his early mature music shares much with what is normally called "minimalist", he has since evolved stylistically. Currently, he describes himself as a "Classicist", pointing out that he is trained in harmony and counterpoint and studied such composers as Franz Schubert, Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Nadia Boulanger. I, too, describe my poetry, my literary emphasis, as classical as well as contemporary.

Glass is a prolific composer: he has written works for the musical group which he founded, the Philip Glass Ensemble (with which he still performs on keyboards), as well as operas, musical theatre works, ten symphonies, eleven concertos, solo works, chamber music including string quartets and instrumental sonatas, and film scores. Three of his film scores have been nominated for Academy Awards. I, too, am a prolific writer with millions of words under my literary belt. But I am neither famous nor rich.-Ron Price with thanks to Wikipedia, 12/3/’13.

You moved to Pittsburgh in ’62,
and worked as a school-based
composer-in-residence in public
schools, composing choral and
chamber-orchestral music, as I
was settling-down preparing to
enter university and pioneering
to the next town for the Bahaí
community of Ontario Canada.

Those nightly four hours of
homework nearly killed me
looking back on those early
sixties as I tell it in my long
autobiography as you tell it
in yours entitled: Music by
Philip Glass (1987).....I was
just beginning my memoir in
the 1980s and my distinctive
style arose, like yours, from
many influences.....We both
had many jobs outside our
artistic field from taxi-driver
to a lot of other stuff until we
did not have to earn any $$$
from work outside our artistic
fields. There the comparison
ends, Philip; the rest is.......
endless contrasts which I won’t
go into here in this prose-poem.(1)

(1) Glass describes himself as "a Jewish-Taoist-Hindu-Toltec-Buddhist."
Ron Price describes himself as a Baha’í.

Ron Price
12/3/’13 to 29/6/'13.

Last edited by RonPrice; 06-29-2013 at 02:52 AM. Reason: to correct the paragraphing
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