The stage works of Philip Glass

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Cambridge University Press,, Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, United States, p.xix, 257 pages : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst01022845, (OCoLC)fst01027201, (OCoLC)fst01030617, (OCoLC)fst01046145, 20e siècle, 20th century, 20th century., 21e siècle, 21st century, 21st century., fast, Film, Musique de, Histoire et critique., History and criticism., Minimal music, Minimal music., Motion picture music, Motion picture music., Music theater, Music theater., Musique répétitive, Opera, Opera., Théâtre musical contemporain


Includes bibliographical references (pages 238-253) and index.Preface -- Part I : Background. Introduction ; Terminology and stages of minimalism ; Terminology : Post-minimalism, Postmodernism, and neo-Romanticism ; Philip Glass's early life and career 1937-1975 -- Part II : Stage words. Theater ; Language and philosophy ; Themes, genres, and archetypes ; Multimedia and hybrid genres ; Dance ; Music."The Stage Works of Philip Glass discusses Glass's stage works from 1976 up to the present day, with chapters established according to different criteria. Three introductory chapters address the validity versus invalidity of terms such as minimalism, post-minimalism, postmodernism, and neo-Romanticism, together with a brief chapter of Glass's life and works up to 1975 to serve as necessary background. The book will then examine different types of theater responsible for the mesmerizing effect Glass's stage works have had on younger generations, including Robert Wilson's Theater of Images. Glass's philosophy regarding staging, text, and other theatrical components includes a defiance of conventional narrative, visual and aural dissociation as a theatrical technique, deconstructionist concepts, as well as semantically ambiguous language within selected compositions. Multimedia works will also be addressed, including those for dance. Glass's music will be analyzed followed by the response Glass has gotten from critics as well as audience members"--