The Philip Glass Institute: Music in 8 Parts

Mannes School of Music: Music History and Literature

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Music in 8 Parts

Spring 2020

Taught By: Lisa Bielawa, Dan Bora, and Andrew Sterman

Section: A

CRN: 7851

Credits: 2

Course Description: In the Spring of 2020, The Philip Glass Ensemble will perform Philip Glass's Music in Eight Parts, thought to be lost, for the first time in 50 years. This course will allow students to work side by side with members of the PGE, including instrumentalists (keyboards, woodwinds, one voice) and sound designers, to rebuild this early piece and get it ready to tour and record for the first time, since no recording of Music in Eight Parts currently exists. The score is for ‘open’ instrumentation, so that students on all instruments will have the opportunity to coach the piece and “sit in” with the PGE as the reconstruction evolves. Taught by multi-woodwinds player Andrew Sterman, vocalist/keyboardist Lisa Bielawa, and sound designer Dan Bora, all long-time members of the Philip Glass Ensemble, with the participation of the full PGE (8 members), the course will cover: students playing/singing large sections of the piece, formal musical analysis, technical aspects of sound design and production, performance practice and musical/cultural context of this seminal early work. Composed in 1970 shortly before Music in 12 Parts and Music in Similar Motion, Music in Eight Parts was played that year only at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and was largely forgotten until the manuscript was recently auctioned at Christie’s. For years, Glass thought no manuscript had survived, having sold it to pay off debt incurred by the original production of Einstein on the Beach. Glass describes Music in Eight Parts as ‘actually for eight contrapuntal parts. The piece begins in unison and with each successive note the number of parts increases. As it goes on, you get eventually to a twelve-note figure and the piece comes to sound like an accordion: it keeps opening up and closing. That’s what I meant by ‘parts’ there.’ No recording of Music in Eight Parts currently exists. The PGE will be recording the work for release on Orange Mountain Music later in the Spring.

College: Mannes School of Music (MC)

Department: Music History and Literature (CBMH)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 13, 2020 (Wednesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:00am 5/29/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Arnhold Hall 55 W13th

Room: 450

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/11/2020