List of compositions by Philip Glass

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The following is a list of compositions by Philip Glass. For a description of these works, please see the associated pages and the Philip Glass page.

Works for the Philip Glass Ensemble[edit]

  • 600 Lines (1967)
  • How Now for ensemble (also for piano, 1968)
  • Music in Fifths (1969)
  • Music in Similar Motion (1969)
  • Music with Changing Parts (1970, recorded 1973)
  • Music in Twelve Parts (1971–1974)
  • Another Look at Harmony, Parts I and II (1975)
  • North Star (1977)
  • Dance (Dance 1, 3 and 5, 1979, with Lucinda Childs and Sol LeWitt)
  • Glassworks (1982)
  • A Descent Into the Maelstrom (based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe, 1986)
  • Orion (2004)
  • Los Paisajes del Rio (2008)


Chamber operas, music theatre[edit]

Works for solo piano or electric organ[edit]

  • How Now for piano or electric organ (1968)
  • Two Pages for piano or electric organ (1968)
  • Music in Contrary Motion for electric organ (1969)
  • Knee Play 4 for piano (1975, from Einstein on the Beach)
  • Modern Love Waltz for piano (piano version of Fourth Series, Part Three, 1977)
  • Dance No. 2 for organ (originally Fourth Series, Part Two, 1978)
  • Mad Rush for piano or electric organ (originally Fourth Series, Part Four, 1979)
  • Opening for piano (1981, from Glassworks)
  • The Olympian for piano (1984)
  • Cadenza for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 (K. 467, 1786) (1987)
  • Wichita Vortex Sutra for piano (1988, later included in Hydrogen Jukebox)
  • Metamorphosis for piano (1988)
  • The French Lieutenant Sleeps from The Screens for piano (1989)
  • Night on the Balcony from The Screens for piano (or harpsichord, 1989)
  • Tesra for piano (1993)
  • 12 Pieces for Ballet for piano (1993)
  • Etudes for piano, Volume 1 (1994–1995)
  • The Joyful Moment for piano (1998)
  • Truman Sleeps (1998, from the film The Truman Show)
  • Dreaming Awake for piano (2003, written & recorded by Glass as a benefit for Jewel Heart.)
  • A Musical Portrait of Chuck Close, two movements for piano (2005, Etudes 11 and 12 of Volume 2)
  • Etudes for piano, Volume 2 (2012)

Works for solo piano, arranged by others from various sources[edit]

  • Trilogy Sonata for piano (1975/1979/1983, from Einstein, Sathyagraha and Akhnaten, arranged by Paul Barnes in 2001)
  • Closing from "Mishima" for piano (1984, transcribed by Michael Riesman)
  • Anima Mundi for piano (1991, transcribed by Michael Riesman)
  • Selections from "A Brief History of Time" for piano (1991, transcribed by Michael Riesman)
  • The Orphée Suite for piano (1991, transcribed by Paul Barnes in 2000)
  • Candyman: Helen's Theme and more for piano (1992, transcribed by Michael Riesman)
  • Overture from La Belle et la Bete for piano (1994, transcribed by Michael Riesman)
  • Jenipapo: No. 14 for piano (1995, transcribed by Michael Riesman)
  • Epilogue from Monsters of Grace for piano (1998, transcribed by Paul Barnes in 2001)
  • Dracula for piano (1998, transcribed by Michael Riesman in 2007)
  • Naqoyqatsi: Primacy of Number for piano (2002, transcribed by Michael Riesman)
  • The Fog of War for piano (2002, transcribed by Michael Riesman)
  • Music from the Hours for piano (2002/2003, transcribed by Michael Riesman and Nico Muhly)
  • Concerto No. 2 "After Lewis and Clark" for piano (2004, transcribed by Paul Barnes)
  • Neverwas Set for piano (2005, transcribed by Michael Riesman)
  • "Life in the Mountains" from "The Illusionist" for piano (2006, transcribed by Michael Riesman)
  • Notes on Scandal: I knew her for piano (2006, transcribed by Michael Riesman)
  • No Reservations Combine for piano (2007, transcribed by Michael Riesman)

Works for two or more pianos[edit]

  • In Again Out Again for two pianos (1967)
  • Six Scenes from Les Enfants Terribles for two pianos (1996, transcribed by Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies)
  • Four Movements for Two Pianos (2008)
  • Two Movements for Four Pianos (2013)

String quartets[edit]

  • Two String Quartets (from the early 1960s)
  • String Quartet (1963)
  • String Quartet No. 1 (1966)
  • String Quartet No. 2 Company (1983, composed for a dramatization of Samuel Beckett's novella; also orchestral version, see Other works for orchestra)
  • String Quartet No. 3 Mishima (1985)
  • String Quartet No. 4 Buczak (1989)
  • String Quartet No. 5 (1991)
  • Suite from Bent for String Quartet (1997)
  • Dracula for string quartet (or piano and string quartet) (1998, music for the 1931 film)
  • String Quartet No.6 (2013)

Chamber music (other than string quartets)[edit]

  • String Trio (around 1952, withdrawn)
  • Divertimento for flute, clarinet and bassoon (1950s)
  • Diversions for two flutes and bass trombone (1950s)
  • Brass Sextet (1962–1964)
  • Play for two saxophones (1965, music for Samuel Beckett's play)
  • Music for Ensemble and Two Actresses for wind sextet and two speakers (1965)
  • Head On for violin, cello and piano (1967)
  • Two Down for two saxophones (1967)
  • Another Look at Harmony, Part 3 for clarinet and piano (1975)
  • Fourth Series Part Three for violin and clarinet (1978)
  • Opening from Glassworks for piano, cello and percussion (1981)
  • Façades, for two saxophones (or flute and clarinet) and string ensemble (1981)
  • Prelude to Endgame for timpani and double bass (1984, for the play by Samuel Beckett)
  • Music from The Screens for chamber ensemble (1989/1991, from a collaboration with Foday Musa Suso)
  • Passages for chamber ensemble (1990, from a collaboration with Ravi Shankar)
  • The Orchard (from The Screens) for cello and piano (plus optional percussion) (1989)
  • Love Divided By for flute and piano (1992)
  • In the Summer House for violin and cello (1993, music for the play by Jane Bowles)
  • Saxophone Quartet (1995; also orchestral version, see Works for solo instruments and orchestra)
  • Tissues (from Naqoyqatsi) for cello, percussion and piano (2002)
  • Taoist Sacred Dance for piano and flute (2003)
  • Music from The Sound of a Voice for flute, pipa, violin, cello and percussion (2003)
  • Sonata for Violin and Piano (2008)
  • Pendulum, movement for violin and piano (2010)
  • Duos for violin and cello (2010–11, arranged from Double Concerto for Violin and Cello)

Chamber music (other than string quartets), arranged by others[edit]

  • The Windcatcher for saxophone sextet (1992/2002, arranged from 'Love Divided By' by Nico Muhly)
  • String Sextet (1995/2009, adapted from Symphony No.3 by Michael Riesman)

Works for solo instruments (other than piano)[edit]

  • Serenade for flute (1950s)
  • Strung Out for amplified violin (1967)
  • Piece in the Shape of a Square for 2 flutes (1967)
  • Gradus for saxophone (1968)
  • Arabesque In Memoriam for flute (1988)
  • France from The Screens for violin (1989)
  • Melodies for saxophone (1995)
  • Songs and Poems for Solo Cello (2005–2007)
  • Songs and Poems No. 2 for Solo Cello (2010)
  • Partita for solo violin (2010–2011)
  • Orbit for solo cello, for Yo-Yo Ma and Lil Buck, April 2, 2013, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Manhattan[1]


Other works for orchestra[edit]

  • Convention Overture for orchestra (1963)
  • Arioso No. 2 for string orchestra (early 1960s)
  • Piece for chamber orchestra (1967)
  • Music in Similar Motion for chamber orchestra (1969, orch. in 1981)
  • Company for string orchestra (1983; orchestral version of String Quartet No. 2 Company (1983), see String quartets)
  • Glass Pieces for orchestra (1983, orchestral versions of "Funeral" from Akhnaten and Floe and Facades, for Jerome Robbins' ballet)
  • Prelude and Dance from Akhnaten for orchestra (1983)
  • the CIVIL warS – the Cologne Section for orchestra with optional mixed chorus (1984)
  • Two Interludes from the CIVIL warS – the Rome Section for orchestra (1984)
  • Phaedra for string orchestra and percussion (1985)
  • Runaway Horses from Mishima for string orchestra and harp (1985)
  • In the Upper Room for chamber orchestra (1986, music for Twyla Tharp's dance piece)
  • The Light, a Symphonic Portrait for orchestra (1987)
  • The Canyon, a Dramatic Episode for orchestra (1988)
  • Passages for chamber orchestra (1990, a collaboration with Ravi Shankar)
  • Mechanical Ballet from The Voyage for orchestra (1990)
  • Suite from Orphée for chamber orchestra (1991, compiled by The Knights in 2013)
  • Concerto Grosso for chamber orchestra (1992)
  • Three Pieces from The Secret Agent for orchestra (1995)
  • Days and Nights in Rocinha, Dance for orchestra (1997)
  • DRA Fanfare for orchestra (1999)
  • Dancissimo for orchestra (2001)
  • Icarus at the Edge of Time for narrator and orchestra (2010)
  • Harmonium Mountain for orchestra (2011)
  • Black and White Scherzo for orchestra (2011, movement 6 of Symphony No.10)
  • Overture 2012 for orchestra (2012)

Works for orchestra, orchestrated by others[edit]

  • Modern Love Waltz for chamber orchestra (1977, orch. by Robert Moran in 1979)
  • The Thin Blue Line for string orchestra (1988, arr. by Michael Riesman)
  • Overture to "La Belle et la Bete" for string orchestra and piano (1994, arr. by Michael Riesman)
  • Life: A Journey Through Time in seven sections for orchestra (2006, orch. by Michael Riesman, from The Secret Agent, Les Enfants Terribles, Dracula and other works, for the visuals by Frans Lanting)

Other works for orchestra, with chorus and solo voices[edit]

  • Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of balance for chorus, ensemble and orchestra (1982, performance version 2009)
  • The Olympian: Lighting of the Torch and Closing for orchestra and chorus (1984)
  • Itaipu, a symphonic portrait for chorus and orchestra in four movements (1989)
  • Persephone (T.S.E.) for orchestra and chorus (1994, music for a theatre work by Robert Wilson)
  • Songs of Milarepa for baritone and chamber orchestra (1997)
  • Psalm 126 for orchestra and chorus (1998)
  • The Passion of Ramakrishna for chorus and orchestra (2006)

Concerti and other works for solo instruments and orchestra[edit]

For piano[edit]

For harpsichord[edit]

For violin[edit]

For cello[edit]

For violin and cello[edit]

  • Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra (2010)

For saxophone[edit]

  • Facades for two saxophones (or flutes) and string orchestra (1981)
  • Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra (1995)

For timpani[edit]

Works for solo instruments and orchestra, arranged or orchestrated by others[edit]

  • Closing from "Glassworks" for piano and string orchestra (1981, arr. by Michael Riesman)
  • Passages for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra (1989, three movements arranged in 2001 by Dennis Russell Davies)
  • Dracula: Suite for string orchestra and piano (1998, arr. by Michael Riesman, 2007)
  • Suite from The Hours for piano, strings, harp and celeste (2002, arr. in 2003 by Michael Riesman of Glass's music for the film The Hours)

Vocal works[edit]

Works for chorus[edit]

  • Haze Gold for chorus (1962, text by Carl Sandburg)
  • A Clear Midnight for chorus (early 1960s, text by Carl Sandburg)
  • Spring Grass for chorus (early 1960s, text by Carl Sandburg)
  • Another Look at Harmony, Part IV for chorus and organ (1975)
  • Fourth Series Part One for chorus and organ (1977)
  • Three Songs for chorus a cappella (1984, texts by Leonard Cohen, Octavio Paz and Raymond Levesque)

Works for organ[edit]

  • Dance No. 4 for organ (1978)
  • Mad Rush (Fourth Series Part Four) for organ (1979)
  • Voices for organ, didgeridoo and narrator (2001)

Music for the theatre[edit]

  • Music for Play (Samuel Beckett, 1965)
  • Music for The Red Horse Animation (Lee Breuer, 1968)
  • Music for The Lost Ones (Beckett, 1975)
  • Music for Cascando (Beckett, 1975)
  • Music for The Saint and the Football Player (Thibeau and Breuer, 1975)
  • Dressed Like an Egg (1977)
  • Music for Cold Harbor (Dale Worsley and Bill Raymond, 1983)
  • Music for Company (Beckett, 1984)
  • Endgame (Beckett, 1984)
  • Music for Worstward Ho (Beckett, 1986)
  • The Screens (Jean Genet, 1990, with Foday Musa Suso)
  • Music for Cymbeline (Shakespeare, 1991)
  • Henry IV, Parts One and Two (Shakespeare, 1992)
  • In the Summer House (Jane Bowles, 1993)
  • Woyzeck (Georg Büchner, 1993)
  • The Elephant Man (2001)
  • Beckett Shorts (Beckett, 2007)
  • The Bacchae (Euripides, 2008)

Dance scores[edit]

Film and TV scores[edit]


  • Icct Hedral for orchestra (1995, from the electronic track by Aphex Twin)
  • Sound of Silence for piano (2005, from the song by Paul Simon)

Other works[edit]

  • One Plus One for amplified tabletop (1968)
  • Long Beach Island, Word Location (1969, sculpture, a collaboration with Richard Serra)
  • The Late Great Johnny Ace, coda to the song from Paul Simon's Hearts and Bones (1983)
  • Pink Noise, acoustic installation (1987, with Richard Serra)
  • Brown Piano, Martingala, Double Rhythm, Boogie Mood, Sax, Variation: alarm bleeps for Swatch wristwatches (1994, some with Jean Michel Jarre)
  • Aguas da Amazonia (arranged and performed by Uakti from 12 Pieces for Ballet, 1993/1999)


In 2012, Lavinia Meijer, a Korean-born harpist, released a Super Audio CD album produced by Channel Classics Records entitled "Metamorphosis / The Hours" with works from Philip Glass, transcribed for harp by Lavinia and approved by Glass himself.[2]


  1. ^ "Hip-Hop Meets Ballet in One Man's Body" by Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times, April 3, 2013
  2. ^ Lavinia Meijer - Philip Glass : Metamorphosis & The Hours,

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