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Non-lineal music, non-lineal worlds

“Patterns” by Claire Buckley is licensed under CC BY-ND 4.0

For classical composers, such as Bach, beauty is in the essence of the composition, a beauty that is transmitted to us while the music tells its story. We, as listeners, are invited into a journey, which starts and ends in different places.

However, Philip Glass’s compositions do not tell a linear story. They can only be observed as a rectangle which shows the same space, but not the same content. A window into the street. A river under a bridge. And just like the water under the bridge, there is no repetition, the river is never the same.

Glass’s patterns are presented before us one, two, three times. They are equal, but they are not the same, because neither are we.

Inspired by Víkingur Ólafsson at the Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid, Spain on November 21, 2019.

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