A Minimal Glimpse of Philip Glass

When director David Hillman Curtis and cinematographer Ben Wolf paid a visit recently to composer Philip Glass to film a promotional piece for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, they were granted just 30 minutes. “He was booked solid the day we visited his offices and actually was being followed by a minder who sat on the couch just out of the frame checking his watch,” said Curtis. “I’ve become a pretty good interviewer and was able to loosen Mr. Glass up a bit and he took it from there, giving a great interview, and we were done in 30 minutes.” In the resulting two-minute film, Glass expresses amusement over his recent fascination with classical music. “Where are my frontiers,” asks the composer, whose work is frequently described as avant-garde? “My frontiers are actually not in front of me. They’re behind me.”

You can learn more about Philip Glass and hear free samples of his music at PhilipGlass.com.

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