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Philip Glass: The Etudes

Royce Hall - UCLA

Los Angeles, CA 90095


Join us for a remarkable concert of solo piano work performed by one of the most influential American composers of the late-20th century as Philip Glass unveils his recently completed Etudes, more than 20 years in the making. Along with Glass, two stunning guest pianists will perform selections of the etudes for the evening’s program—Maki Namekawa and Sally Whitwell.

Glass originally conceived the etudes as a set of 20 works for solo piano, a compositional undertaking that would allow him to expand his own technique and push the boundaries of piano tone and style. 

Throughout the 1990s, he completed 16 of the etudes, each of which take a unique approach to the instrument. The final four etudes were commissioned in celebration of Glass’s 75th birthday. 

An introspective portrait of the composer over two decades, The Etudes is an immersive journey into one composer’s personal soundscape as expressed in the depth and breadth of a single instrument. 

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