Philip Glass Piano Etudes: The Complete Folios 1-20 & Essays from 20 Fellow Artists
by Philip Glass (Author), Linda Brumbach Alisa E. Regas
Philip Glass is one of the most influential artists of our time. In his long and staggeringly creative career as a composer, he’s transformed how we listen to music. He’s written more than 30 operas, 14 symphonies, 13 concertos, and 35 film scores. But his most personal work is a series of 20 piano etudes, originally created to “address the deficiencies in my own playing,” in Glass’s words. The etudes have taken on a life of their own as a modern masterpiece. Majestic and intimate at the same time, these compositions for solo piano have been performed and recorded by dozens of artists and streamed over 100 million times.
Philip Glass Piano Etudes is in every way a one-of-a-kind tribute to this singular work. This deluxe boxed gift set includes the complete etudes (1–20), which have each been newly engraved, printed on oversize heavy stock, and sewn-bound into individual folios ideal for both beginner and experienced pianists; plus a hardcover book, Studies in Time, which explores Philip Glass’s music, the art of composition, and the meaning of practice through essays by Alice Waters, Angélique Kidjo, Ari Shapiro, Ira Glass, Justin Peck, Laurie Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Pico Iyer, and more.
In its heirloom box, Philip Glass Piano Etudes is to be cherished by music lovers, piano students and players, and anyone attuned to contemporary culture, savored for its beauty and insights, and, of course, explored at the keyboard.