Glass Facts

Born:Jan 31, 1937  
Lives:New York

Studied:In Paris with the “unforgiving” Nadia Boulanger
Previous Jobs:Taxi driver, crane operator, removalist
Breakthrough: Music in Fifths(1969), Music in Twelve Parts(1974)
Best known for: Glassworks(1981),  Koyaanisqatsi(1982),  The Truman Show(1998)

A couple of summers ago I was sitting in a hot Brooklyn backyard among musicians from MATA, a festival for young composers that Philip Glass helped set up in the ’90s. As cold drinks were gratefully drained I found myself chatting to a cheery man who introduced himself as Glass’s tour manager. At one point...