List of compositions by Philip Glass

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Philip Glass in December, 2007

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)

Operas[edit]

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 Bête 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)
  • Prophecies from Koyaanisqatsi for piano (2015, transcribed by Anton Batagov)

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]

  • String Quartet No. 1 (1966)
  • String Quartet No. 2 Company (1983, composed for a dramatization of Samuel Beckett's novella)
  • 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)
  • String Quartet No. 7 (2014)

Chamber music (other than string quartets)[edit]

  • 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]

  • 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]
  • Partita Double Bass (2015)

Symphonies[edit]

Other works for orchestra[edit]

  • 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 Bête 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)
  • Overture and finale from La Belle et la Bête for large orchestra (2007, arr. by Victor Copytsko (ru))
  • Four Pieces from "Dracula" for string orchestra and piano (2007, arr. by Victor Copytsko)

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 violin[edit]

For cello[edit]

For harpsichord[edit]

For multiple soloists[edit]

  • Facades for two saxophones (or flutes) and string orchestra (1981)
  • Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra (1995)
  • Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra (2000)
  • Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra (2010)
  • Double Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra (2015)

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]

Arrangements[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)

Transcriptions[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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, Allmusic.com

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