Brazen Careerist, despite living in Wisconsin, has a good post on why she may value being interested over being happy. Maybe not in real-life, but in my listening world, I would say the same thing. I need to optimize, not satisfice (theory here).
Today's evidence -- I'm spending the day trying to decide which is the best among Philip Glass' Music in Contrary Motion, Music in Similar Motion, and Music with Changing Parts. I started the day thinking Music in Similar Motion was best because, for such minimal music, it was the most colorful. I no longer think that's true.
I'm ending the day confused about which work is which but wanting to listen to them all (and Music in Fifths and Music in Twelve Parts) even more.
From philipglass.com, a description of three of these pieces:
- Music on Contrary Motion - Contrary Motion was written in what Glass calls 'open form' - it never really ends. it just stops.
- Music in Similar Motion - As each new voice enters, there is a dramatic change in the music.
- Music in Twelve Parts - Music in Twelve Parts, written by Philip Glass between 1971 and 1974, is a deliberate, encyclopedic compendium of some techniques of repetition the composer had been evolving since the mid 1960s.