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Words Without Music

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Words Without Music

The long-awaited memoir by “the most prolific and popular of all contemporary composers” (New York Times).
 
A world-renowned composer of symphonies, operas, and film scores, Philip Glass has, almost single-handedly, crafted the dominant sound of late twentieth-century classical music. Rapturous in its ability to depict the creative process, Words Without Music allows readers to experience that sublime moment of fusion when life merges with art. Biography lovers will be inspired by the story of a precocious Baltimore boy, the son of a music-shop owner, who entered college at age fifteen, before traveling to Paris to study under the legendary Nadia Boulanger. Glass devotees will be fascinated by the stories behind Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha. Whether recalling his experiences working at Bethlehem Steel, his travels in India, his time driving a cab in 1970s New York, or his professional collaborations with the likes of David Bowie, Brian Eno, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, and Martin Scorsese, Words Without Music affirms the power of music to change the world.
 
“An icon of the avant-garde.”—Fader
“Philip Glass’s place in musical history is secure.”—The New Yorker
“America’s most significant symphonist.”—Los Angeles Times

Words Without Music
by Philip Glass