Metamorphosis No. 2 by Philip Glass. Performed by me (Sally Whitwell), video by New United Artists.
I’ll be playing this piece in a concert at the Art Gallery of New South Wales early Sunday afternoon. It rather appeals to me to play Glass’s works in art gallery spaces, when I think about the kinds of spaces in which he performed his music when he was just starting out… all those tales of the artsy crowds lying on the floor in Soho lofts, smoking joints and blissing out to the oscillating quavers of Tetris rain (yes, that’s why my tumblog is called what it’s called!).
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.