|1. The Poet Acts|
|2. Morning Passages|
|3. Something She Has to Do|
|4. """For Your Own Benefit"""|
|5. Vanessa and the Changelings|
|6. """I'm Going to Make a Cake"""|
|7. An Unwelcome Friend|
|8. Dead Things|
|9. The Kiss|
|10. """Why Does Someone Have to Die?"""|
|11. Tearing Herself Away|
|13. Choosing Life|
|14. The Hours|
To begin with- he breaks all the rules. I bought the piano sheet music to "Dead Things" and where I naturally felt I should crescendo, he purposely demands pianississimo- very, very quiet. He purposely silences the most moving elements, as if to say "wait. just feel it first- dont take it."
I hate when people think his music is plain - if one understands music, they know that his work is composed of silk-thin layers of delicated melodies- triplets with one hand, doublets with the other. For those of you out there that dont read music, try to divide a second into 3 equal time frames and tap that beat with your left hand. Then take the same second and divide it into 2 equal time frames and tap that beat at the same time with your right hand. Intuitively, its difficult to do. This is his trademark- he forces musicians to play against their intuition.
As another example, try to tap your pinky and middle finger at the same time. Then tap your ring finger and thumb at the same time. Now alternate quickly. Try to do it for 5 minutes and when you have got that down- do it with your other hand. But use different fingers. And do that 3-2 ratio beat thing.
Confusing? I would certainly think so.
It seems as if such a product could only be made by an eccentric and unyielding mathematician- but when you listen, it has a depth of emotional delicacy that could only be compared to trying to hold onto something you truly love over the edge of the world, with a gradually thinning silver string.
I guess what Im saying is- pay the 10, 15 bucks. Its worth it.
I am not a fan of Phillip Glass - simply because I had never really heard of him. Now that I have heard this I will HAVE to check out his other works.
I am not a writer (and I am not sure really how one can accurately translate the transcendant majesty of music into words anyway) so I am not sure that I can review this music in a just way. But it definately speaks directly to your spirit! There is nothing cliche in this work, nothing old and stale. It is fresh, profound, transcendant, breathtaking! Morning Passages makes my DNA swoon!
If you haven't seen the movie, I am not sure I can reccommend it or not, but this music stands alone! Pure genius! Buy it! NOW!
Furthermore, unlike some film scores, when you listen to "The Hours", you're not consumed by the emotion of the film, but you're made very aware of it. I make the differentiation, because a score like "Requiem for a Dream" easily puts you into an intense emotional state, practically throwing you into that despair. But with "The Hours", that emotion is present, but it doesn't burden the experience of listening to the score.
I would higly recommend this to anyone -- even if you're not a fan of Philip Glass, this is different from many of his other works (specifically film scores).