Here are three selections from his vast and still growing output. The first comes from his Academy Award nominated original score for the film, The Hours (2002)
Next is "Knee 5", the concluding "scene" from his first opera, Einstein on the Beach, composed in 1975. Readers will find the lyric here. After the first listen, you may want to repeat the piece with lyrics at hand. An Einstein revival overseen by Glass began an international tour on January 20, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
We conclude with Glass's work for Koyaanisqatsi (1982), one of the most remarkable experimental documentary films of our time. The film, the first in Godfrey Reggio's Qatsi Trilogy, has entered cult status. This segment reminds OTR of the visual images in Blade Runner and Tron, convincing him that we're already living "the future."
OTR imagines by now that many readers will view the appreciation of Philip Glass as an acquired taste. He does after all take his listeners to the edges of creativity. OTR agrees and hopes readers will persevere. The reward is there - just takes a bit of time to discover it. He also hopes that readers who are unfamiliar with the Qatsi Trilogy and Reggio's other work in film will enjoy exploring them.