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I think it is the most fulfilling and eye opening thing that you can do – to travel the world and meet and understand other cultures and more about yourself. – Philip Glass

“Philip Morris Glass” is an American composer. He is considered one of the most influential music makers of the late 20th century. His music is also often controversially described as minimal music, along with the work of the other “major minimalists” La Monte Young, Terry Riley and Steve Reich.

Glass has distanced himself from the “minimalist” label, describing himself instead as a composer of “music with repetitive structures”. Though his early mature music shares much with what is normally called “minimalist”, he has since evolved stylistically. Currently, he describes himself as a “Classicist”, pointing out that he is trained in harmony and counterpoint and studied such composers as Franz Schubert, Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Nadia Boulanger.

Glass is a prolific composer: he has written works for the musical group which he founded, the Philip Glass Ensemble (with which he still performs on keyboards), as well as operas, musical theatre works, ten symphony/symphonies, eleven concertos, solo works, chamber music including string quartets and instrumental sonatas, and film scores. Three of his film scores have been nominated for Academy Awards.

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Life cannot be captured. Human heart cannot be captured. The moment of creation itself is fleeting.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale Quotes

 

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 I’m a lot older than you but I tend to think that there’s an element of music that cannot be captured. Life cannot be captured. Human heart cannot be captured. The moment of creation itself is fleeting

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I never met my grandfather, he died when I was just a little baby.

But when I hear about him and Hachi, I feel like I know him.

They taught me the meaning of loyalty. That you should never forget anyone

that you loved. And that’s why Hachi will forever be my hero.

 

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Look, you don’t have to wait anymore.

He’s not coming back.

 

 

How many other things are we missing?

“A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC

 and started to play the violin; 

it was a cold January morning.

 He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. 

During that time, sinceit was rush hour, it was calculated 

that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. 

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed 

there was musician playing. 

He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, 

and then hurried up to meet his schedule. 

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip:

 a woman threw the money in the till

and without stopping, and continued to walk. 

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall 

to listen to him, but the man looked

at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work. 

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy.  

His mother tagged him along, hurried,

 but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard,

 and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. 

This action was repeated by several other children.

 All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on. 

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped 

and stayed for a while.

About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk 

their normal pace. He collected $32.

When he finished playing and silence took over, 

no one noticed it.  No one applauded, 

nor was there any recognition. 

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, 

one of the most talented musicians in the world. 

He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written,

 on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. 

Two days before his playing in the subway, 

Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston 

where the seats averaged $100. 

This is a real story. Joshua Bell 

playing incognito in the metro station was organized

 by the Washington Post

 as part of a social experiment 

about perception, taste, and priorities of people. 

The outlines were: in a common place environment at an inappropriate hour: 

Do weperceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it?

 Do we recognize the talent in anunexpected context? 

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

 If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world

 playing the best music ever written, 

how many other things are we missing?”