May 25, 2015
… a new musical language he was developing in parallel with composers like Steve Reich and La Monte Young. It was described as minimalist, even though Glass would tell you it was anything but.
Glass has written a new memoir called “Words Without Music”
this was about 1971, and the idea of music that was so, let’s say, consciously or steadfastly repetitive was not so common then.
this is an idea that people had, that artists are – when, you know, when Pollock first began dripping – doing his drip paintings, people thought he was making fun of them
It’s also the “Emperor’s Clothes” gimmick, you know, that this was really the emperor’s clothes. There was no real music there …
What happens is that what seems strange and bizarre, after a very short period of time, starts becoming familiar. And whatever artistic rewards …
I wonder whether – would people have said the same thing about Brahms or Chopin or – why is he playing that strange music? Why do we hear those chords over and over again?
in amplified music, it could be interpreted as being aggressive. Though, that would only be true if you didn’t know anything about popular music and that most popular music was already much more heavily amplified than anything that we did.
GLASS: I’m 78.
GROSS: And you’re feeling very fit in terms of being able to perform and travel?
GLASS: I do, I do. And I do concerts – the concerts are 90-100 minutes long, and I do it without music. I mean I do it from memory.
families are full of mysteries and some things that we never really understand. Sometimes we find out long after our parents have gone and we’re left alone and we’ve become parents and we’ve become grandparents in fact that we begin to understand something of what they have been thinking about. That happened to me. Now I’m 12 years older than my father was when he died. That means I can see him as a younger man. Now that’s interesting.
We never talked about a lot of things. I went down to the store that – shortly after that, and I discovered that one of my records was in the store, which pleased me, but he hadn’t told me. But he knew the music evidently. He had been listening to it. We didn’t get a chance to do a lot of things, but that’s – you know, that’s the way life is sometimes.