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Philip Glass

Born in 1937, Baltimore native Philip Glass was began his formal music education at the age of six with violin and flute lessons. By his second year of high school, he was accepted for admission to the University of Chicago, where his studies focused on mathematics and philosophy and not music. During off-hours, however, Glass studied piano under such composers as Ives and Webern. Graduating at 19, he moved to New York to attend the Juilliard School and studied with Vincent Persichetti, Darius Milhaud, and William Bergsma. In 1960, he moved to Paris, where he studied with Nadia Boulanger.

Video and Audio

Understanding the Music: Glass - Symphony No. 7-A Toltec Symphony