Song: “Mad Rush”
Artist: Philip Glass
Album: Solo Piano (1989)
“Mad Rush”, by renowned pianist and composer Philip Glass, is a tour-de-force of dynamics and emotional playing. Repetition is something Glass is known for, but he adds in small variations to keep the patterns he plays from becoming mindless and numbing. In “Mad Rush”, the piano plays two distinct parts: one subdued and slow, while the other is forceful and urgent. There is movement between the two, and this creates a jarring effect when the urgent part comes in after the listener has been lulled by the quieter movements. This is one of my favorite Glass pieces and it is great to have playing in the background when reading or working.
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