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Words Without Music: A Memoir Paperback – May 3, 2016

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body { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.6em; } .aplus { min-width: inherit; } New York Times Bestseller An NPR Best Book of the Year Winner of the Chicago Tribune Literary Award Finalist for the Marfield Prize, National Award for Arts Writing"Reads the way Mr. Glass's compositions sound at their best: propulsive, with a surreptitious emotional undertow." ―Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York TimesPhilip Glass has, almost single-handedly, crafted the dominant sound of late-twentieth-century classical music. Yet in Words Without Music, his critically acclaimed memoir, 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. From his childhood in Baltimore to his student days in Chicago and at Juilliard, to his first journey to Paris and a life-changing trip to India, Glass movingly recalls his early mentors, while reconstructing the places that helped shape his creative consciousness. Whether describing working as an unlicensed plumber in gritty 1970s New York or composing Satyagraha, Glass breaks across genres and re-creates, here in words, the thrill that results from artistic creation. Words Without Music ultimately affirms the power of music to change the world. 32 pages of photographs Read more Read less options.iframeId = iframeId; options.iframeWrapperId = "bookDesc_iframe_wrapper"; options.overriddenCSSId = "bookDesc_override_CSS"; options.encodedIframeContent = bookDescEncodedData; options.initialResizeCallback = resizeCallback; BookDescriptionIframe = new DynamicIframe(options); P.guardFatal("bookDescription", function() { BookDescriptionIframe.createIframe(); }) (); if ((typeof BookDescriptionIframe != 'undefined') && (BookDescriptionIframe instanceof DynamicIframe)) { P.when('jQuery').execute(function($) { $(window).resize(function() { P.guardFatal("bookDescription", function() { BookDescriptionIframe.resizeIframe(resizeCallback); }) (); }); $(window).bind('imageResize', function() { P.guardFatal("bookDescription", function() { BookDescriptionIframe.resizeIframe(resizeCallback); }) (); }); }); } });

Customers Reviews

A Beautiful Book by a Beautiful Artist

5.0 out of 5.0 by M Williams on June 14, 2018
I like the music of Philip Glass and wanted to learn more about him. This book brings so much more than information. I have been brought to tears several times by this book, and I have also laughed aloud on more than one occasion reading Mr. Glass's thoughts. There are so many reasons to love this book - Philip Glass's story, insight into his music, wonderful descriptions and setting the scene of the art and music scene in New York. One of my personal favorite sections was the chapter on Nadia Boulanger. The reverence by a student of a beloved teacher was truly touching and I felt like I got a glimpse into a world that was truly mesmerizing. If you like Philip Glass's music, you will enjoy this. If you are interested in the 60's and 70's art and music scene, you will find plenty here to love. If you like stories about people knowing what they want to do and finding a way not just to live the dream but to do so in a spectacular fashion while remaining true to who they are, you will like this. I wanted to know what this book had to say. I had no idea that it would be so profoundly moving. Philip Glass generously gives us a peak into his world and the wonderful ride he is experiencing. I give this book my highest recommendation. Well done, Mr. Glass, and thank you.
The man himself is opaque

3.0 out of 5.0 by P. R. Saunders on December 20, 2018
The bulk of Philip Glass's peculiarly unsatisfying biography is a litany of the many, many people in theater, dance, art, and occasionally music over the course of a lifetime. They crowd him out of his own autobiography.We learn of his working class origins in Baltimore, his days at the University of Chicago, then a slow climb from obscurity to fame. In this Panglossian, shadowless life, there are no enemies, no setbacks, no self-doubts, no frustrations. He says that by temperament, nothing bothers him very much. Evidently, nothing bothers him at all.He disposes of his divorce from his first wife for his own infidelity in a couple deadpan sentences. The same for his leaving Paris because the consensus there was "it's not music". We know he had two children. He generously gives us their names, but little else about them.In terms of music, we hear that he was a tonalist from the start, an unpopular stance at the University. None the less, every 12-tone piece he cites is "beautiful". He has no idea of his creative process. To compose, he goes into a hyperconcentrated state in which everything else disappears. Upon emerging, he has no memory of what he did or how he did it--to the point where he couldn't answer a player's question about whether then intended note was A or Ab.If only he had access to his own papers, or been able to interview those close to him, he might have given us a portrait of the inner man.
An Important Story

4.0 out of 5.0 by Lyle Bjork on June 28, 2015
I find Glass's music superior to his somewhat workmanlike prose, but I found this to be an enjoyable book. No one can honestly claim that Glass is not dedicated to his art. Attracted to music from an early age, he studied for years, at Julliard, in Paris with Nadia Boulange, with Ravi Shankar, with Buddhist gurus, and finally achieved success and a living wage in his early 40's, replacing his odd jobs and artist poverty. My introduction to Glass the composer was singing in the chorus for a Seattle Opera production of Satyagraha. In sanskrit with constantly changing unusual rhythms, it is a challenge to sing, but very rewarding. In his book, Glass says that any musical performance has three elements, the composer, the performers, and the audience. Glass does not write background music. Even his film scores demand attention.
Follows Philip Glass through his fantastic experiences

5.0 out of 5.0 by KierONeil on June 20, 2015
I didn't have any assumptions going in to this book. I knew that Philip Glass was an American composer of modern 'serious' music but hadn't listened to any of his works.As I read the first few pages I felt very comfortable with his writing style and his lyrical style. I just kept reading until I finished it because I knew I was going to learn something enjoyable about the time that he lived and the places he visited in that time. To me it was almost more of a history lesson from a personal level.Read the first chapter. If you aren't interested by then you probably won't be in the rest of the book. For me, I just kept reading.
Here Is What It Means To Hear

4.0 out of 5.0 by Christine N. Bush on April 24, 2018
Philip Glass has shared a memoir rich with insights and verve, just like his music. The impact his music has had on shaping the contemporary psyche is, gratefully, beyond the scope of musicology and art criticism. Here is what it means to hear the call of a muse and to respond with the force of a lifetime's work that has left very little untouched.I leave a fifth star unawarded as a tribute for all we have yet to receive from Philip Glass in the years to come.
Please listen carefully to Glass and you will hear the trains

5.0 out of 5.0 by R. Lundberg on June 22, 2015
I guess I am fascinated by this autobiography because it resonates with some of the experiences of my younger life, the Chicago music scene and the musical genius I knew quite well, Clare Fischer. Of course I am a huge fan of Philip Glass music in the first place, but this book provides the human side of genius that I also saw with Clare, God rest him. Glass wanted to play the flute!
Heads Above the Others

5.0 out of 5.0 by Judith K. Binney on May 30, 2015
Fabulously interesting story! Phillip Glass appears to have known everyone in the entire world's music scene for the last 70 or so years! Also, the main spiritual leaders of Southeast Asia. His life shows a super bright, gifted man who was always allowed/recognized/pushed forward. Doors opened easily and friends were made quickly. He must be a charming guy in real life. Inspirational!
Now it all makes sense!

4.0 out of 5.0 by Brian Stewart on February 3, 2017
Although I was introduced to the music of Philip Glass over 30 years ago, I never knew much about the composer himself. This was a very interesting and intriguing read, though it did seem to end rather abruptly. I was hoping Glass would have provided more insight into the development of his recent symphonies, but I was otherwise delighted with all of the other stories presented throughout.

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