Words Without Music. Philip Glass.
Words Without Music

Words Without Music. A Memoir

New York: Liveright Publishing Company, 2015. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black paper over grey paper covered boards, spine and upper board gilt, original pictorially illustrated dust jacket.

"One of the most common misunderstandings of the music was that the music just repeated all the time. Actually, it never repeated all the time, for if it had, it would be unlistenable. What made it listenable were precisely the changes...Why could we hear something while the people who screamed, "The needle is stuck!" could not?" Signed first edition of composer Philip Glass's memoir, tracing the development of his musical language and his rise to prominence almost entirely outside of institutions. Glass sought out collaborations with people in film, theater and dance, founded his own ensemble and record label, all while holding down odd jobs to keep him afloat in the early years of his career. He was still driving a cab in his late 30s when he received the commission for the opera “Satyagraha", a three-act tribute to Gandhi. Signed in black marker on the half title. Lightest fading to board edges, else fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #1364


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