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Glass: Dracula, “Mina on the Terrace”

Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Talk about juggling jobs!

It’s hard living as a musician, especially if you’re a student fresh out of school and looking to land that first big gig. Such was the case with Phillip Glass, now one of the 20th-century’s most celebrated composers. When he began his studies at the famed Juilliard School in New York City, Glass, like many of the other music students, had to find a way to support himself while going to school in a very expensive city. He took on a whole array of odd jobs, including work as a plumber and, most notably, as a taxi driver. In fact, he didn’t earn a single penny off of his compositions until the ripe age of 41! His studies (and perseverance) paid off, though, and he has since enjoyed a very celebrated career as a composer. He has composed for a wide variety of forms, including symphonies, operas, chamber music, electronic music, and film scores, like this score that he composed to accompany the classic 1931 film version of Dracula.

Music Heard On This Episode

Phillip Glass: “Mina on the Terrace” from Dracula
Kronos Quartet — Phillip Glass: Dracula (Nonesuch, 1999)
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Phillip Glass: “Mina on the Terrace” from Dracula
Kronos Quartet — Phillip Glass: Dracula (Nonesuch, 1999)
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