His work influenced by sitarist Ravi Shankar, Glass’s work focuses on simple harmonic progressions, consonance, and melodiousness. Glass has written a wide variety of pieces including operas, symphonies, concertos, and of course, film scores.
Here are a few movie clips from several of his films. Listen to the music. Why do you think minimalist music fits so well as a film score? Or is this type of music not your preference to accompany a film? Do you think it’s as effective as the type of music we discussed in reference to John Williams earlier this month? Or does it serve a different purpose?