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Fascinating experience learning Philip Glass' Metamorphosis. Five movements of Glassy-repeating stuff, just exactly what one thinks of when they think of Glass. I read through the first three movements first, and technically extremely easy. I practically had the thing memorized after sightreading it one time.

HOWEVER.... I'm now learning it's a lot trickier than I anticipated. Sure, learning that 20-bar section takes like 10 minutes to master. But then repeating it nine times is hard. One's mind wanders and I'm finding it an unusual challenge to keep count. Oh crap, I started thinking about Star Trek. Is this the fifth or sixth time through? It's an exercise is staying present when your fingers are doing practically nothing. And it's hard to remember which section goes next and how many times to do that one, because so much of it feels arbitrary. Why am I repeating this 6 times and not 4 or 8? Not to mention keeping the playing as even as possible. I'm anticipating that I'm going to have to learn a whole new aspect of playing that I've never experienced, more meditative, and also discovering a new layer to his music that one only gets from playing it.

I saw an interview with cast members of his opera Einstein on the Beach and they talked about how much rehearsal the music takes, but how all those repeats and arbitrary minor alterations eventually come naturally, but only after doing it a LOT. I'm looking forward to getting there.

Anyway, I'm finding it difficult in ways I'm not used to things being difficult. Anyone else experienced that with Glass' music?


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I have found the same phenomenon with Modern Love Waltz.


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I must say, I don't play endlessly repetitive music: I leave that for the young and foolhar.......er, I mean intrepid.

At my very advanced age, I don't want to develop RSI (especially as I've never suffered from any piano-related injuries in my very long life - so far) that would leave me unable to learn Opus Clavicembalisticum before I kick the bucket......


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I played Etude #2. Didn't think that I would like it at first - then I discovered it is a lot more fun to play than to listen to. Almost like meditating, but you still need to stay alert to all the changes. And there are still some tricky bits to learn and look forward to.

So I would definitely rather be sitting at the piano playing it than sitting in the audience listening. But that is true for me of most music...

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I must say, I don't play endlessly repetitive music: I leave that for the young and foolhar.......er, I mean intrepid.

At my very advanced age, I don't want to develop RSI (especially as I've never suffered from any piano-related injuries in my very long life - so far) that would leave me unable to learn Opus Clavicembalisticum before I kick the bucket......

With this suite it seems it would have more of a therapeutic effect on hands than endangering. It's mostly mp and single or at the most double voices, and fairly slow. In fact, for Metamorphosis at least, it feels like I'm at a Physical Therapy appointment. lol


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I played Etude #2. Didn't think that I would like it at first - then I discovered it is a lot more fun to play than to listen to. Almost like meditating, but you still need to stay alert to all the changes. And there are still some tricky bits to learn and look forward to.

So I would definitely rather be sitting at the piano playing it than sitting in the audience listening. But that is true for me of most music...

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That is NOT true for me for most music, yet with this suite I can definitely see that coming. Though we listen to a ton of Glass at home anyway, so there's a better chance my wife will start requesting it.


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Difficult to say as i fall asleep after a few minutes .... excellent for insomniacs.

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Difficult to say as i fall asleep after a few minutes .... excellent for insomniacs.

Haha. Me, too. Glass consistently bores me. I think he is popular because his music requires so little from the listener...easy listening, as it were.


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