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Philip Glass' original score for Laurent Charbonnier's Animals in Love is one of those beautiful soundtracks for what seems to be an odd film — until you sit down and actually watch it. The way Glass' music, written for a chamber orchestra, flows in and out of these images underscores their actually touching moments and picks up on the human sense of strangeness when encountering the animals' mating habits, understanding that such encounters are not merely novel, but at time times reach the profound. Certainly some of his trademark tropes are here, but he's so far beyond most of those now in his method of composing that they are used merely for cinematic effect, not as compositional fundamentals. What Glass reveals about himself in this score is that he's at the very peak of his own powers as a film composer; he understands not only what's on the screen, but where viewers locate themselves in the process of seeing, making for an intuitive, sometimes dramatic piece of music that stands on its own very well.


Born: 31 January 1937 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Philip Glass was unquestionably among the most innovative and influential composers of the 20th century. Postmodern music's most celebrated and high-profile proponent, his myriad orchestral works, operas, film scores, and dance pieces proved essential to the development of ambient and new age sounds, and his fusions of Western and world musics were among the earliest and most successful global experiments of their kind. Born in Baltimore, MD, on January 31, 1937, Glass took up the flute at the...
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