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Publisher: Chester Music

Glassworks (1981)
Work Notes
Each movement can be performed separately 1. Opening 2. Floe 3. Islands 4. Rubric 5. Façades 6. Closing
Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
40 Minutes
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Philip Glass Glassworks (1981)
'Glassworks' was originally written as a commission for CBS Records in 1981 (the first CD of mine recorded for that company). Besides work for my ensemble, it contained several unusual pieces including 'Opening' for solo piano and 'Façades' for solo soprano saxophone. Some of this music later formed the basis of Jerome Robbins' dance piece at the New York City Ballet in 1983. 'Opening' was the beginning of a series of music for solo piano, which I am still adding to, to this day.

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  • Ensemble
    Philip Glass Ensemble
    Michael Riesman
    Sony Masterworks:
  • Large Ensemble (7 or more players):
  • 01 NOV 2017
    Bates Recital Hall, Austin, TX
    University of Texas New Music Ensemble
    Dan Welcher, conductor
  • 17 AUG 2017
    BBC Proms
    Royal Albert Hall, London
    Bang On a Can All Stars
  • 11 AUG 2017
    Flow Festival
    Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland
    NYKY Ensemble
  • 29 JUN 2017
    Milan Conservatoire, Italy
    Milan Conservatoire
  • 02 FEB 2017
    Nederlands Dans Theatre
    Matthew Rowe, conductor

    Other Dates:
    3,4,7 February - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS
    15 February - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS
    16 February; 23 March - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
    25 March - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS
  • 06 SEP 2014
    The Hague, Holland
    Residentie Orchestra The Hague
    Otto Tausk, conductor
  • 19 NOV 2013
    North Hobart Unting Church, Hobart; Australia
    Opus House
  • 14 APR 2013
    Carlisle, PA
    Dickinson College
    Mike Clayville, conductor
  • 10 DEC 2012
    Boston, MA
    New England Conservatory
    Ben Vickers, conductor
  • 22 JUN 2012
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Grand Rapids Symphony
    Robert Nordling, conductor
  • 20 JUN 2012
    New York, NY
    Face the Music Youth Ensemble
    Jenny Undercofler, conductor

    Other Dates:
    21 June - New York, NY
  • 08 MAY 2012
    Vale of Glamorgan Festival
    Cowbridge Comprehensive School, Cowbridge
    Cowbridge Comprehensive School
  • 26 JAN 2012
    New York, NY
    Face the Music Youth Ensemble
    Jenny Undercofler, conductor
  • 19 SEP 2011
    New York, NY
    Face the Music Youth Ensemble
    Jenny Undercofler, conductor
  • 20 APR 2011
    Mount Pleasant, MI
    Central Michigan University
    David Gillingham, conductor
  • 12 APR 2011
    Fort Myer, VA
    United States Army Band
    SSG Chris Branagan, conductor
  • 18 MAR 2011
    Goldsmith's College, London
    Goldsmith's College
  • 12 JAN 2011
    Mobtown Modern Music Series
    Baltimore, MD
  • 10 DEC 2010
    Newcastle, UK
    Newcastle Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • 29 JUN 2010
    RSAMD Music Lab
  • 11 APR 2010
    Rochester, NY
    Michael Riesman; Brad Lubman, conductor
  • 11 APR 2010
    Rochester, NY
    Brad Lubman, conductor
  • 06 FEB 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Present Music
  • 10 DEC 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Sonic Generator
  • 28 MAR 2009
    Minster School pupils
  • 04 MAR 2009
    Langhorne, PA
    Philadelphia Biblical University
    Joseph Caminiti, conductor
  • 04 JUL 2008
    Emden, Germany
    Music School Emden

    Other Dates:
    6 July - Emden, Germany
  • 26 JUN 2008
    Concert Hall, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, Scotland
    RSAMD Sinfonietta
    John Logan, conductor
  • 29 FEB 2008
    Harrow, Middlesex
    Harrow School Orchestra
  • 18 FEB 2007
    Philip Glass Ensemble Retrospective
    Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN
    Philip Glass Ensemble
    Michael Riesman, conductor

    Other Dates:
    21 February - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Arizona
    23 February - Cullen Theatre, Houston, Texas

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