Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Philip Glass – Music In Similar Motion / Music In Fifths (Chatham Square - 1003)
Philip Glass was the composer who introduced me to Minimalist Classical music and therefore owns a special place in my book of important people. Of course his unique composition style is very much suitable to my taste. Especially his post Tibetan compositions.
This record enholds two of these works. However, it was not easy for me to get a hold on this release since it is a semi-private press and really hard to find. Moreover, the guys who were selling it, until I bought one, were putting price tags which could be noted as pinnacles of capitalism.
The works in discussion on this record are Music In Fifths and Music In Similar Motion. These works are absolutely classical Glass style minimalism with constant repetitivity under the influence of electric organ taking the center of the compositions which was the general trait of Glass during 1980s. This trait we saw again and again many times, especially in his soundtracks of the Qatsi trilogy.
The music is repetitive. Oh really? Of course that goes without saying. On the other hand, the notations and small changes are the effects of percussion experiments of Steve Reich. What Reich has done with percussions, Glass does it with organs and pianos giving it stronger feeling rather than an academic outline. Actually this is the essence of the difference between both composers' fame.
The timing of these compositions mark the more strict Glass era. He wasn't into playing with melodies that much, but rather with notations, keys and speed alterations. Therefore both works can be classified as classical minimalist classical music. I just used three words derived from "class". No wonder. For a puritist music listener, the music on this record can only be explained as class.
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