Tonight’s show is entitled Reflections on Glass.  This is inspired by a recent recording by Brooklyn Rider –Glass Quartets 6 & 7.  Thisalso included a version of the Saxophone Quartet arranged by Brooklyn Rider forString Quartet.  So why not compare this version with the original.  So we are featuring varied versions of two major works by Philip Glass – his Saxophone Quartet and his String Quartet #3 Mishima – along with a couple piano etudes if we have time.

PhilipGlass’ saxophone quarter was first performed by the Rashcer Quartet on July 27,1995 at the Schleswig Hoolstein Gestival in Haselburg Germany – there is aversion with full orchestra as a concerto for saxophone quartet.  It is in 4 movements  We will be playing both the version forsaxophone from the album of the Sonic Art Saxophone Quartet from the album Glass& Nyman: Works for Saxophone Quartet and the Brooklyn Rider version for string quartet – movement by movement           

The musicfor Mishima String Quartet (String Quartet No.3) originally appeared as partsof the film score for Mishima by film maker Paul Schrader. Having workedextensively in experimental theater, Philip Glass tends to utilize subtle butcompelling musical effects to articulate distinct frames of narrative within adrama. In his music for Paul Schrader’s film Mishima, Glass sets off threedistinct elements of the life of this famous contemporary Japanese author,playwright and self styled, latter-day Samurai, Yukio Mishima into 3 parts -his childhood, his mature years and the last day of his life. These subjectswere intercut to produce a shifting kaleidoscopic vision of Mishima’s life.  In the film, the scenes of Mishima’schildhood were filmed in black and white and scored by Glass for StringQuartet. At the time of writing the film music, Glass anticipated the StringQuartet section would be extracted from the film score and made into a concertpiece in its own right.  And thisis what we have in his String Quartet #3 Mishima. While this piece, like itspredecessor has extramusical connections, Glass was aware from the outset thatthe string quartet sections might work well when freed from the score and givena life of their own, as a single, complete utterance, in the concert hall.

Tonight we havethe String Quartet #3 Mishima in 3 forms: First performed by the string quartet Kronos who premiered the quartetin 1985 in their album Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass.  Then we will hear a version by theDublin Guitar Quartet from their album The Dublin Guitar Quartet performsPhilip Glass.  And finally in aversion by the Sonic Art Saxophone Quartet from their album Glass & Nyman:Works for Saxophone Quartet. 

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  • 7:02pm Philip Glass: Saxophone Quartet: I. — by Sonic Art Saxophone Quartet on Glass & Nyman: Works for Saxophone Quartet (Genuin)
  • 7:07pm Philip Glass: Saxophone Quartet (arr. Brooklyn Rider): Movement I by Brooklyn Rider on Philip Glass: String Quartets Nos. 6 & 7 (ORANGE MOUNTAIN)
  • 7:14pm Philip Glass: Saxophone Quartet: II. — by Sonic Art Saxophone Quartet on Glass & Nyman: Works for Saxophone Quartet (Genuin)
  • 7:18pm Philip Glass: Saxophone Quartet (arr. Brooklyn Rider): Movement II by Brooklyn Rider on Philip Glass: String Quartets Nos. 6 & 7 (ORANGE MOUNTAIN)
  • 7:27pm Philip Glass: Saxophone Quartet: III. — by Sonic Art Saxophone Quartet on Glass & Nyman: Works for Saxophone Quartet (Genuin)
  • 7:35pm Philip Glass: Saxophone Quartet (arr. Brooklyn Rider): Movement III by Brooklyn Rider on Philip Glass: String Quartets Nos. 6 & 7 (ORANGE MOUNTAIN)
  • 7:42pm Philip Glass: Saxophone Quartet: IV. by Sonic Art Saxophone Quartet on Glass & Nyman: Works for Saxophone Quartet (Genuin)
  • 7:46pm Philip Glass: Saxophone Quartet (arr. Brooklyn Rider): Movement IV by Brooklyn Rider on Philip Glass: String Quartets Nos. 6 & 7 (ORANGE MOUNTAIN)
  • 7:52pm Philip Glass: Etude No. 9 by Maki Namekawa on Philip Glass: The Complete Piano Etudes (ORANGE MOUNTAIN)
  • 7:56pm Philip Glass: Etude No. 9 by Lavinia Meijer on The Glass Effect (Sony Music Canada)
  • 8:04pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima): 1957-Award Montage by Kronos Quartet on Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass (Nonesuch)
  • 8:08pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3 by Dublin Guitar Quartet on The Dublin Guitar Quartet performs Philip Glass (ORANGE MOUNTAIN)
  • 8:12pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3, by Sonic Art Saxophone Quartet on Glass & Nyman: Works for Saxophone Quartet (Genuin)
  • 8:16pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima): November 25-Ichigaya by Kronos Quartet on Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass (Nonesuch)
  • 8:17pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3 by Dublin Guitar Quartet on The Dublin Guitar Quartet performs Philip Glass (ORANGE MOUNTAIN )
  • 8:18pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3, by Sonic Art Saxophone Quartet on Glass & Nyman: Works for Saxophone Quartet (Genuin)
  • 8:20pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima): 1934-Grandmother and Kimitake by Kronos Quartet on Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass (Nonesuch)
  • 8:22pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3 by Dublin Guitar Quartet on The Dublin Guitar Quartet performs Philip Glass (ORANGE MOUNTAIN)
  • 8:26pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3, by Sonic Art Saxophone Quartet on Glass & Nyman: Works for Saxophone Quartet (Genuin)
  • 8:36pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima): 1962-Body Building by Kronos Quartet on Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass (Nonesuch)
  • 8:37pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3 by Dublin Guitar Quartet on The Dublin Guitar Quartet performs Philip Glass (ORANGE MOUNTAIN )
  • 8:39pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3, by Sonic Art Saxophone Quartet on Glass & Nyman: Works for Saxophone Quartet (Genuin)
  • 8:41pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima): Blood Oath by Kronos Quartet on Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass (Nonesuch)
  • 8:44pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3 by Dublin Guitar Quartet on The Dublin Guitar Quartet performs Philip Glass (ORANGE MOUNTAIN)
  • 8:47pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3, by Sonic Art Saxophone Quartet on Glass & Nyman: Works for Saxophone Quartet (Genuin)
  • 8:50pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3 by Dublin Guitar Quartet on The Dublin Guitar Quartet performs Philip Glass (ORANGE MOUNTAIN)
  • 8:51pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima): Mishima/Closing by Kronos Quartet on Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass (Nonesuch)
  • 8:57pm Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3, by Sonic Art Saxophone Quartet on Glass & Nyman: Works for Saxophone Quartet (Genuin)
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