Philip Glass rewrites symphony ending for Carnegie Hall

Two weeks before the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz departs on its third US tour with conductor Dennis Russell Davies, the composer Philip Glass has been writing against the clock to change the ending of his new 11th symphony.

It is scheduled for premiere at Carnegie Hall on January 31, the composer’s 80th birthday.

‘In rehearsal,’ said Glass, ‘I found there were various things that needed repairing.’

Anyone remember his first LP (below)?

A prophetic title.

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  • So Philip Glass is the first composer in history to discover, either in rehearsal or after a first performance, that things didn’t work as expected and needed changing? I think not.

  • ‘In rehearsal,’ said Glass, ‘I found there were various things that needed repairing.’ In his case, it seems that this could be said about his entire oeuvre.

  • Well, Jonathan, you don’t have to listen to all that minimalist stuff! That’s the great thing in life – LOL! He’s not everyone’s cup of tea I know but I loved Satyagraha when they did it at ENO – went twice when many couldn’t sit through it once!

    In the meantime here’s an interview that was done a while back between Philip and Bruce Duffie in Chicago.

    http://www.bruceduffie.com/glass.html

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