Dartmouth College is one of the coolest educational institutions on the face of the earth, and it never ceases to amaze me. On January 15th, Philip Glass simply strolled into my Ethnomusicology class, holding a hot cup of coffee, and began speaking with us as if we were a group of old friends. Whenever he spoke, the classroom would go completely silent, except for the sound of my jaw dropping to the ground.
When I wasn’t too busy keeping my jaw from hitting the floor, I was asking as many questions as time would allow. It was truly an incredible experience. Of course, when I wasn’t asking questions, I was scribbling notes, trying desperately to salvage his words. After all, is Philip Glass not the most famous classical composer of today’s world? And now, I would love nothing more than to post some quotes that I was able to catch. These quotes cannot be found on any other site, for I heard them uttered straight from his own mouth, only a few days ago. Enjoy!
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“All art forms have a purpose and a focus. Poetry is about speaking. Music is about hearing.”
“Film music is counter-musical.”
“I started writing music because I wanted to know where it came from… To this day, I have been unsuccessful in finding the answer.”
“World Music is a two-way street. In fact, it’s a highway.”
“Professor [Nadia] Boulanger taught me the art of auditory hallucination.”
“There are many languages: the language of mathematics, the language of art, the language of dance… the most elegant is the language of music.”