Solo Piano

Label
CBS
Release date
7 Aug 1989
Running length
7 tracks
Running time
51:28

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Metamorphosis One 5:40 70,844
2 Metamorphosis Two 7:21 64,011
3 Metamorphosis Three 5:34 47,542
4 Metamorphosis Four 7:03 54,082
5 Metamorphosis Five 5:10 49,252
6 Mad Rush 13:47 69,880
7 Wichita Sutra Vortex 6:53 43,423

About this album

“Metamorphosis” was written in 1988 and takes its name from a play based on Kafka’s short story. Numbers three and four are from Glass’s incidental music to the play, which he wrote to fulfill separate but nearly simultaneous requests from two different theater companies. Numbers one and two use themes from Glass’s soundtrack to the acclaimed Errol Morris film “The Thin Blue Line”, which depicts the true story of a man’s wrongful conviction for the murder of a Dallas police officer. The touching melody of number two and the diatonic harmonies throughout provide an ironic counterpoint to the film’s numerous reenactments of the shooting. The thrice repeated two-note theme (a descending minor third) in numbers one and five recalls the movie’s pathetic litany of interviews and testimonies. Number five, which also draws on themes from “The Thin Blue Line”, was composed as a finale to the set.

“Mad Rush” was written for the occasion of the Dalai Lama’s first public address in New York City, in the fall of 1981. Originally an open-structured or open-ended piece, it was first performed by Glass on organ during the Dalai Lama’s entrance into the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. It was later performed on Radio Bremen and finally used by choreographer Lucinda Childs as accompaniment to a dance Mad Rush. It is cast in seven similar sections that create an extended ternary form.

“Wichita Vortex Sutra” is the result of a chance meeting between two long-time friends, Glass and poet Allen Ginsberg…

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  • aenimauk

    Not bad, though I personally still prefer Koyaanisqatsi as far as Glass goes. If you want something similar you could try Arvo Part's Alina or Tabula Rasa, or Valentin Silvestrov's Leggiero, pesante. Debussy and Satie's piano works are all not too far away. Some jazzy stuff like Bill Evans' Peace Piece too, along with McCoy Tyner's Echoes of a Friend and Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert. A lot of classical/jazz crossover records on the ECM label have a similar feel to this album. Well worth investigating!

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • Yugo_Green

    anyone knows something similar or close to the sound of this album? [2]

    22 Dec 2012 Reply
  • wangle-mcdangle

    I buy people this CD when I want to change their life.

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Nixy323

    don't have the world to describe this it just is...a bliss

    26 Aug 2011 Reply
  • shreddiesSH

    I don't know somehow....this is like the saddest piece of music I've ever heard.

    13 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Valdressin

    It's the soundtrack of my life [4]

    22 May 2011 Reply
  • ffxi_frohike

    It's the soundtrack of my life [3]

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Hefix

    A masterpiece.

    26 Mar 2011 Reply
  • m-saIami

    Metamorphosis serie is related to franz kafka's book, it was a real pleasur to read it while listening to the music...

    24 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Isohypse

    Kopf- und Herzkino pur. Zum "verwandeln" schön.

    5 Feb 2011 Reply
  • kempo23

    I really liked the Uakti version of Metamorphosis one but this has a purity to it.

    4 Jan 2011 Reply
  • suaveslav

    I bought Glassworks this summer and loved it but got distracted with schoolwork for a while. Then while watching the second season of Battlestar Galactica ("Valley of Darkness") I heard a beautiful piano piece and couldn't rest easy until I found out what its name was. Then I found out it was Metamorphosis One. Great album.

    27 Nov 2010 Reply
  • AmbientDowntemp

    It's always wow!

    6 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Ugabrijel

    zum träume n<

    29 Oct 2010 Reply
  • mirrorball95

    Beautiful music, very chill. I actually listen to this a lot when I am studying, it really helps.

    8 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Maluki1

    Absolutely wonderful!

    27 Jul 2010 Reply
  • FBioucas

    amazing!!!

    15 Jun 2010 Reply
  • street_dawg

    It's the soundtrack of my life [2]

    10 Jun 2010 Reply
  • SPLewis

    Got me into learning the piano

    8 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Epitymbidia

    It's the best… Nothing can compete. Still.

    9 Apr 2010 Reply
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