an excerpt of Philip Glass’s piano work Metamorphosis One. Love this track and always enjoy playing it.
I love playing this too. Yes I do. There’s something nice about this handwritten copy (I’m assuming it’s a transcription by a fan? There’s no reference to the creator of the image!). At any rate, it does remind me of how much I love the fact that Mr. Glass still writes all his scores out by hand in the first instance. Old school!
Metamorphosis No. 4 by Philip Glass, from my debut solo album “Mad Rush - Solo Piano Music of Philip Glass”, recorded on a marvellous Stuart and Sons piano. Compare the Stuart sound to this lovely performance on a regular ol’ piano ;P
I was just practising Philip Glass’s Metamorphosis No. 1 for my upcoming recital (if you’re in Sydney, put September 3 in your diary!)
Anyway, back to the music. That second section with the little melody in the right hand in octaves…. well, in any other composer’s hand it would sound like a doorbell. Or a cuckoo clock. But in Mr. Glass’s hands it is absolutely dripping with pathos.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; if Philip Glass had wanted his music to sound machine-like, he is the kind of person who would have mastered the necessary technology. As it is, he wrote it for human beings to play.