Philip Glass at 80

Philip Glass

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It’s really hard to exaggerate the influence that Philip Glass has had on contemporary classical music. The avant-garde composer—who just celebrated his 80th birthday—has composed operas, symphonies, film scores. A couple of years ago he also wrote a memoir called “Words Without Music”—and Steve Paulson caught up with him to talk about his life and career.  Here’s their conversation.