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Bram Heemskerk

Philip Glass (1937) violin concerto (1987)

July 12, 2010 at 9:08 PM

I have played the violin concert of Philip Glass with national competition winner Sonja van Beek and an amateur orchestra in 2005. This minimal music with a lot of rehearsals (boring?) is easier to understand and accessible than atonal music of (Schoen)Berg. Also the composers Reich and Adams wrote minimal music.

From Corwin Slack
Posted on July 13, 2010 at 1:16 AM

 Minimal music, minimally music.

From Marc Villeneuve
Posted on July 13, 2010 at 2:08 AM

I simply love it: Baroque and modern at the same time. Very interesting... Marc Villeneuve, violinist-composer at

From Emily Liz
Posted on July 13, 2010 at 2:11 AM

I vaguely see where you're coming from Corwin but I find this music to be really unique and haunting - a bit in the same vein as Carly Comando's piano piece "Everyday" which is one of my favorite pieces to play and listen to. If it elicits an emotional or intellectual response from me, I personally consider it much more musical than a lot of other stuff out there. So thanks for sharing Bram. :)

From John Cadd
Posted on July 13, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Nice one Emily.    I always imagine Phillip Glass` music as if it was written in the distant future and mysteriously transmitted back to us.  Stephen Hawkins can probably explain that to us.   Have you listened to the very long compositions ?You need about three hours to listen straight through.   Lets try to spell one of them.  Satyagraha. --something that sounds like that.A life changing experience.  Bach is Bach, Beethoven is Beethoven and Glass is Glass. 

From John Cadd
Posted on July 13, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Emily    This will make you laugh.   I played the first movement .Fine   all good.  The second movement did not seem to be working.I moved to the third movement.That was fine ---playing well.Then I noticed the cursor also moving on the second movement.Testing the volume on each one showed I was hearing both 2nd and 3rd together.  Very creative of me.  Do you know it didn`t sound too bad like that either. So another bullseye for Philip Glass.     Hang on ,  I may be giving him ideas here.

Glass Rules!

From Marc Villeneuve
Posted on July 13, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Angèle Dubeau did a complete recording of the music of Phillip Glass on Analekta label and it was very well recieved by the critics. I think he is a very interesting composer and I like what he does.

From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on July 14, 2010 at 12:20 PM

I found the flyer of the concerto of Glass with soloist Sonja van Beek, national violin competition winnerr:

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