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date: 17 September 2019

Glass, Philip (opera)locked

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(b Baltimore, MD, Jan 31, 1937). American composer.

He grew up in Baltimore where his father ran a record store; his mother was a teacher and librarian. Glass began violin lessons at the age of six and then studied the flute with Briton Johnson at the Peabody Conservatory (1945–52); he also played the flute in the school band and orchestra. At 14, Glass passed an early-entrance examination into the University of Chicago, where he studied the piano with Marcus Raskin and spent many hours analysing scores. During the summer vacations he studied harmony with Louis Cheslock in Baltimore. Glass took the BA in 1956 and the following year entered the Juilliard School of Music (MS 1962), where his classmates included Peter Schickele and Steve Reich; his principal teachers were William Bergsma and Vincent Persichetti. In summer 1960 he worked at the Aspen Music School with Darius Milhaud and Charles Jones; from ...

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