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Music Consumption: Philip Glass
03/09/1998 Philip Glass: Kundun

Also worth checking out is the movie Kundun and its soundtrack, which Glass did also. The Glass/Tibetan combination is frighteningly powerful. On NPR's Weekend Edition, there's a weekly review of film scores nominated for the Academy Awards; this week they covered Kundun along with another soundtrack. I thought they gave it short shrift--while they waxed over Danny Elfman's various attributes, the host and the musical expert guest didn't know what to make of Glass's work, particularly complaining about Glass's choice of abrupt endings to pieces, as well as discussing his work in terms of minimalism, which is inaccurate. I guess Glass's work is sort of like Feminism--there's some people who just don't get it.

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