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Lectures for a New Year: Philip Glass Performs “Mad Rush”

In 1979, Philip Glass wrote a solo piano piece called “Mad Rush” (a piece of “indefinite length”) in honor of the 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to North America. I find the piece very moving — there’s something simultaneously contemplative and urgent about the music. I listen to it a lot while writing, in [...]