A scene from the revival of <em>Einstein on the Beach</em>.
Credit Los Angeles Opera
The epic avant-garde opera <em>Einstein on the Beach</em>, a collaboration between composer Philip Glass, director Robert Wilson and choreographer Lucinda Childs, is being revived for the first time in two decades.
Among my fellow classical music fans, I’ve been a big defender of Philip Glass’s music over the years. I enjoy the way the composer plays with time and space in his music, the way each harmonic shift signifies a sea change in the structure of the piece. After a period of heavy experimentation in the 1970s, pushing the boundaries of concert music with “Music with Changing Parts” and his opera “Einstein on the Beach,” Glass refined his radical style, adding linear melodic lines to the musical building blocks that formed the basis of his minimalist language.