Social good, Mahan Esfahani, Philip Glass, and Riots in Cologne!


Here I go again. If you follow the link at the end of this post you’ll be able to go directly to a page where you can vote for Leicester City of Sanctuary in the People’s Projects voting that’s going on right now. That’s if you’re in the UK.

A vote for LCoS is a piece of support for Leicester’s asylum seekers, who, let’s be honest, need all the help they can get.

But. To add something musical. I’m a FB friend with Mahan Esfahani (I don’t know him personally but he’s a great musician, of course!)–anyway, he, Mahan Esfahani who recently caused a near riot with his harpsichord rendition in Cologne of a piece by Steve Reich. He mentioned on his FB that that he was reading through Philip Glass’ etudes and really liked them.

Well, I’ve always liked PG, he is indeed a composer who writes great counterpoint even though it repeats from time to time. And the etudes are particularly interesting, I think, because they represent Philip Glass’ journey to understanding the piano. They’re a musical diary of sorts.

I went out to iTunes, downloaded the set of PG’s etudes and went to Amazon and found the Book Depository was selling the score for about £9. How many scores by major living composers go for that price these days! And now the score is on the way to me and my piano. I will be repeating a lot of passages by PG because that’s how his music is.

Would love to hear from anyone who’s playing his etudes and enjoying them. It’s easy to find pianists and musicians and audiences who will not go near Philip Glass and are very certain about that. So that’s a group I’m not that interested in. I, mean, actually, anyone can have any opinion that they want but the “Philip Glass is good or bad or too repetitive or too minimalist!” debate is yesterday’s news.

Anyway, here’s the direct link to vote for Leicester City of Sanctuary in the People’s Projects. PG is on iTunes and the score is on Amazon for an amazing £9!