Monday, July 25, 2011

Einstein turns 35

35 years ago, composer Philip Glass unleased an opera on the music world that was completely unlike anything that had come before. It's a safe bet that Puccini or Rameau would have been completely bewildered by a plotless work with no breaks, and text consisting mostly of solf├Ęge text and numbers. Heck, we're pretty sure audiences 35 years ago were bewildered, too, even by 1970s standards.

Glass went on to write a string of theater works that all bear his distinctive musical stamp, even as their plots grew more mainstream.

Here are a few videos to celebrate the 35th anniversary of "Einstein on the Beach."

KNEE PLAY:


TRAIN/SPACESHIP:


LEGOS:

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