David Bowie, Philip Glass, and modern music influence

Music is a shared human experience and every artist has their muses. The great modern composer Philip Glass (performing February 20 at Purdue) was inspired by the great rock experimenter David Bowie, who in turn was influenced by Glass and many others.

Bowie’s work with producer Brian Eno on his “Berlin Trilogy” – Low (1977), Heroes (1977) and Lodger (1979) – would become hugely influential in the realms of ambient electronic and post-minimalist music, incorporating synthesizers, white-noise generators and drone elements. Glass was impressed and used the material as basis for two of his symphonies: Symphony No. 1, “Low” (1992) and No. 4, “Heroes” (1996). via WQXR

Philip Glass and David Bowie Discuss Low Symphony


Read more about David Bowie’s influence on classical music at WQXR.

Social media tributes to David Bowie

David Bowie innovated until the end with new jazz project

Bowie died after a quiet, 18-month battle with cancer yesterday and he innovated until the end. Bowie’s latest album, Blackstar, was released this past Friday just before his death. Recorded with the “sharpest young players in jazz,” Blackstar proves Bowie was “in the midst of a creative rebirth.” Read more on NPR Music

Philip Glass at Purdue

Philip Glass

Philip Glass: The Complete Piano Etudes

with Timo Andres, Aaron Diehl, Lisa Kaplan, and Maki Namekawa
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