Maki Namekawa performs Philip Glass’s Etude No.17 for Solo Piano
In 1994, Philip Glass resolved to become a better pianist, setting to work on a series of short compositions that would help him hone his skills at the keyboard.
Maki Namekawa – “who totally became one with the music” (The Guardian) – is the only pianist who dares this mammoth undertaking.
Two decades in the making, his 20 exquisite etudes have recently been completed, standing as a record of one man s deeply personal relationship to his instrument and an embodiment of his evolving style. Continue Reading →
Leading up to the November 25th release of the complete collection of his piano etudes, Philip Glass plans to drop two tracks from the 20-song collection each week.
This week, you can view Maki Namekawa’s performance of “Etude No. 16″.
The new set is something else entirely, expanding Philip Glass’s harmonic language in new directions, and discovering new possibilities in his familiar, oscillating patterns.