GLASSOK, I am not a huge fan of composer Philip Glass’ music. I find it stark, simplistic and repetitive.  That said, I am a huge fan of the artistic process and those who have been successful in the pursuit of their vision.  Mr. Glass has certainly been successful and his story is interesting as told in his new memoir, Words Without Music. There is no doubt, no matter my taste, that Mr. Glass is a musical genius and to see how he came to be the composer that he is compelling.

About Words Without Music by Philip Glass: “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. Yet here in Words Without Music, he creates an entirely new and unexpected voice, that of a born storyteller and an acutely insightful chronicler, whose behind-the-scenes recollections allow readers to experience those moments of creative fusion when life so magically merged with art. ‘If you go to New York City to study music, you’ll end up like your uncle Henry,’ Glass’s mother warned her incautious and curious nineteen-year-old son. It was the early summer of 1956, and Ida Glass was concerned that her precocious Philip, already a graduate of the University of Chicago, would end up an itinerant musician, playing in vaudeville houses and dance halls all over the country, just like his cigar-smoking, bantamweight uncle. One could hardly blame Mrs. Glass for worrying that her teenage son would end up as a musical vagabond after initially failing to get into Juilliard. Yet, the transformation of a young man from budding musical prodigy to world-renowned composer is the story of this commanding memoir.”

In Words Without Music, Mr. Glass shows that he is a talented storyteller as well as a composer and he spins a compelling tale of boy who grew up around music and made it his calling.

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