Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'
When composer Philip Glass started performing his own music, a lot of people didn't know what to make of it. Some people thought it sounded like the needle of a record was stuck in a groove, repeating over and over again. Some people thought it was simplistic. Some thought it was a joke. Glass says that in the '70s, audience members threw things at him while he was performing.
"If they threw an egg, that wasn't so bad, because the eggs would just break," Glass tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "There was no danger from egg throwing, unless they boiled the eggs first, which they sometimes did."
But those who loved it realized something new was happening — a new musical language he was developing in parallel with composers like Steve Reich and La Monte Young. It was described as minimalist, even though Glass would tell you it was anything but.
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