Glass & Reich @ 70

In recent months the musical world celebrated seventieth birthday landmarks of two composers who can surely be credited with having changed the cultural landscape of our post-modern world.
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In October several of New York’s most prestigious venues joined forces in a rare cross-institutional Festival honoring the career of Steve Reich, born October 3, 1936. Some 12 weeks later celebratory presentations around the globe marked the same landmark for Philip Glass, born January 31, 1937.

There is a complex and intriguing bond which unites these two colossal talents and their work, with many common threads that tend to connect their worlds, but with just as many points of separation that continue to haunt their uneasy relationship.

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Ellis Finger
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Ellis Finger is the Director of the Williams Arts Center at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. He writes regularly about dance, classical music, and jazz for a variety of publications.