The Top Classical Composer of the Last 40 Years

is avant-garde pianist Philip Glass who has written numerous orchestral pieces for movies, opera, and symphony. Glass’s perpetual nonconformity and focus on the music he hears and imagines has led to an interesting life and career.
This excellent documentary by the director of Shine, Scott Hicks, shows Glass with friends like the Dalai Lama, Ravi Shankar, filmmakers Woody Allen, Martin Scorcese, and Erroll Morris, his Asian meditation advisors, artist Chuck Close, and musical conductors. We see Glass listening for the first time to one of his orchestral pieces played aloud in a concert hall rehearsal. We see him playing different orchestral parts on piano. We see him working out. We see him with family.
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts is a thoroughly insightful, entertaining 2 disc, 2 hr. documentary with 3 hrs. of extras. (Koch Lorber).

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