Film music composer Philip Glass reflects on career and performing

By the 1980s, Philip Glass had earned a healthy reputation working in the concert hall, art films and the theater. That didn't mean he slid easily into Hollywood.

"When I first started doing Hollywood films," Glass, 72, said by phone from his home in New York, "I was told I wasn't writing real film music. I said, 'What is real film music?' And the person said, 'It means you don't remember the music.' "

"I said, 'That's such nonsense!' When you think of 'The Pink Panther,' what do you think of? Hank Mancini! With '2001' you think of Strauss -- the music goes right into your head! There are composers who can insinuate themselves into a film so you would not remember the film without the music."

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