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Philip Glass, early protagonist of the Minimalist movement, studied with Milhaud and Nadia Boulanger. His first job, assisting Ravi Shankar on a film soundtrack, heralded the start of his own successful cinema career, and to date he has scored over fifty movies.
Composing Myself: Philip Glass (2015)
Early works tended to be abstract, but from the mid-1970s his attention shifted towards the stage. His first operatic triumph,
Einstein on the Beach
, did much to reinvigorate the international contemporary opera scene. Profoundly interested in traditional cultures, Glass often draws on Eastern traditions, as in
Monsters of Grace
(1997), a multimedia collaboration based on the writings of Rumi.