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Philip Glass

Philip Glass in 1993
Born Philip Morris Glass
January 31, 1937 (1937-01-31) (age 82)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Philip Morris Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an American composer of modern music.[1] He is one of the most influential music makers of the late 20th century.[2][3][4]

Glass has created operas, music for quartets, dance, and much more. He is known for writing minimalist music.

Glass has described himself instead as a composer of "music with repetitive structures".[5] Though his early music shares much with what is called "minimalist", he has since evolved stylistically.[6][7]


  1. "Philip Glass biography – facts, birthday, life story". January 31, 1937. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  2. Naxos Classical Music Spotlight podcast: Philip Glass Heroes Symphony
  3. "The most influential people in classical and dance", New York Magazine, May 8, 2006,, retrieved November 10, 2008
  4. O'Mahony, John (November 24, 2001), "The Guardian Profile: Philip Glass", The Guardian (London),,4273,4306156,00.html, retrieved November 10, 2008
  5. "Biography",,, retrieved November 10, 2008
  6. Smith, Ethan, "Is Glass half empty?", New York Magazine,, retrieved November 10, 2008
  7. Smith, Steve (September 23, 2007), "If Grant had been singing at Appomattox", The New York Times,

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