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Protest In 1908, By Philip Glass: Music Analysis

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Reality comes from creating an imagined thought - whether that thought stemmed from something that someone has seen to what someone has heard, or even felt. The first composer that will be discussed throughout this essay composed Protest in 1908, this composer is none other but Philip Glass. Glass was always looking to present his music in a very bizarre, but different and in a unique way since the 80’s. In contrast, the second composer who will be discussed is Arnold Schoenberg, he was a composer who told a story through the pieces he had composed; for example Schoenberg composed Gebet an Pierrot No. 9 in 1912 which is expressed in a distinct and narrative way. Both Glass and Schoenberg contributed a great deal of music that till this day…show more content…
He studied at the Juilliard School, at the University of Chicago and he also studied in Aspen with Darius Milhaud (There, 2016). It took some time before Philip Glass started to reach his goals in life, it wasn’t until 1967 when he returned to New York and formed an ensemble. This ensemble consisted of seven musicians who played a variety of instruments, such as; woodwinds and keyboards. Before he could reach that stage in his career, he worked closely with Ravi Shankar, who is a composer and a sitar virtuoso (Maycock, 2002). As it has been documented, Glass had a hard time finding who he was as a person and a composer, he felt displeased with what modern music appeared to be at the time and where he lived, so eventually Glass met Nadia Boulanger and moved to Europe to study with her being known as one of the greatest renowned educators at the time (There, 2016). Glass faced many struggles throughout his life, making money almost felt intolerable to him, but eventually things came around (Maycock, 2002). Recently, Glass was interviewed for Time magazine where he stated that “I can remember thinking as a very young man that composers like Schoenberg were going to be eternal. And you don’t hear it anymore!” (D’Addario,…show more content…
Philip Glass composed his music throughout Postmodernism and Minimalism (Maycock, 2002). Postmodernism was a marked departure from modernism and developed in the mid to late twentieth century across the arts, philosophy, criticism and architecture. Artists of the time would question the viability of the modernist movement. The movement lasted from 1900 to the mid-1960s (Yudkin, 2016). The meaning of art was no longer certain, during the century people had become alienated from modern classical music. From the mid-1960s through today the movement of postmodernism took hold in music and other arts. The style juxtaposes many varied elements, it attracted new audiences and stirred up quite the controversy (Yudkin, 2016). In painting, it was known that artists returned to representation and figuration, after many years of
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