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Writings on Glass: Essays, Interviews, Criticism (The Companion Series) Hardcover – December 22, 2000

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"The most striking feature of Writings on Glass is its attention to the composer's musical development. . . . The musicology and journalism assembled by Richard Kostelanetz . . . offer fascinating insight into this composer through detailed analyses of his compositions. . . . Valuable for Glass aficionados as well as those just getting into his music." -- Jeffrey L. Perlah, Billboard --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Richard Kostelanetz has written and edited numerous volumes on music and the arts, including Nicolas Slonimsky: The First Hundred Years (1994), John Cage (ex)plain(ed) (1996) and the Frank Zappa Companion (1997).
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  • Series: The Companion Series
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer Trade Books (December 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825672465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825672460
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,490,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David J. Huber VINE VOICE on September 6, 2001
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That's about it - this is an okay collection of okay essays. Some are quite good, most are quite average, a few are not so good at all. The layout is also not very helpful - they are not chronologically arranged, but instead are put in some other, non-linear fashion. I am a *huge* fan of Glass, and am generally excited by anything about him - even just seeing his name printed somewhere or hearing his music on a commercial - but I was only whelmed by this book, and wouldn't necessarily recommend it to people. Seems as though the compiler could have found much better articles to include - surely in the years covered there were much more vibrant and intelligent writers writing about Glass.
If you are a diehard fan, or if you need some research material collected in one spot, go for this book. Otherwise, well, take your chances.
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Format: Hardcover
A book on Glass' avant-garde minimalist compositional style surprised me as he nears his 70th birthday as a significant 20th century composer. Discovering Glass (b.1937) with "The Photographer (83)" CD some 15 years ago, Glass' self-titled website with a biography section does not do justice, especially during his formative years. Biographies show how one's developmental years translate into accomplishments as an adult and parent.

The book is divided into 4 parts, Part I Metamorphosis, Part II Instrumental Music, Part III Music for Theatre and Film, and Part IV Endgame. The book is a compendium of published articles. Part III is the largest section consuming about 1/2 the book, with most articles authored in the mid 80s to early 90s. In this section is a 4 pg article by Robert C Morgan (famed art critic) on "The Photographer," 84 revised 96. There are about 30 articles in the book with an average length of 10 pages. Three of the articles have musical score (analysis by Wes York, "Akhnaten"), a diagram (String Quartet No1), and lyrics (Hydrogen Jukebox) to describe Glass' creative process.

Part IV Endgame has a 1 pg bibliography, 11 pg listing of works by year for 3 decades, 7 pg discography, and 7 pg index. The book's printed ISBN is not current and the book is not listed on the publisher's website. The dust jacket has been rebadged ISBN 0-8256-7246-5, as the publisher's trade books was divested to musicsales dot com, London.

My favorite part of this book is a 25-page interview by Ms Ev Grimes, PhD about Glass' musical education in Section I, p12-36, which has been further edited by the composer and the author. Ev Grimes is a nationally acclaimed producer of documentaries on musicians and cultural topics and she was a NPR radio commentator back in the 70s.
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