Glassworks – Opening
Philip Glass (1937) is an American composer and pianist who writes music with repetitive structures.
“Glassworks was intended to introduce my music to a more general audience than had been familiar with it up to then.”
— Philip Glass
‘Glassworks’ (1982) is a chamber music work of six movements, with ‘opening’ being the first movement. The idea behind this work was to create a more pop-oriented work with shorter and more accessible movements. When the original album was released it was commercially very successful and gave Glass international recognition.
It is recommended to listen to the recording with headphones:
- left channel: patterns of two notes (eighth notes) over one note (whole note) played by Dr. Sam Desmet
- right channel: three-note patterns (triplets) are played by Federico Bonacossa
Formally, there are 4 beats per measure and each phrase (repeated four times each) consists of four measures with three to four chords.
The movement has been arranged for guitar duo by Sam Desmet