Monday, April 13, 2009

Glass Violin Sonata!

The unassuming "New Releases" blog of WITF-FM (89.5 on your radio dial) presents a sneak peek at Philip Glass's gorgeous new Violin Sonata (No. 1!): So elegant. People don't tend to think "melody" when you say "Philip Glass," but he really is a superb melodist. I think a lot of violinists are going to want to learn this piece. (I do.) If you like this video, by the way, why not leave a comment thanking these fine fellows? Via, as ever, Glass Notes.



Blogger Grrg said...

Pretty! But how can that lady play the violin with all that hair in her eyes? Seriously I want to reach into YouTube an give her a bobby pin.

April 13, 2009 at 4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but there is less to this music than meets the ears! Pretty and simple yes, but also very overwrought. Arvo Part achieved a better level of simplicity and beauty decades ago and has a better grasp on how to use melody.

For what it's worth it does sound a little less like Glass.... until about half way through the movement when he slips back into his old bag of tired tricks. Then again this is only the second movement of the work so I'll have to reserve judgment until I hear the entire sonata. The playing is rather good however and if it is ever recorded I hope that these two will be involved. Thanks for link!

April 14, 2009 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Davei said...

I like it. He does, of course, refer to many of his harmonic and sequential techniques, but it doesn't bother me at all. As a matter of fact I enjoy it.

Lovely performance.

April 16, 2009 at 9:47 PM  

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