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Posted by Martin Walker on June 14, 2013, 10:58 am
Brian Reinhart writes: "Wichita Vortex Sutra
is a compelling piece, although itís Glass at his most Glass-ish and jumps from one idea to another; I have no idea why itís titled that". I would like to hazard a guess: back in the day, when it was not yet quite clear to me how much I disliked Glass's music, I bought a CD of a collaboration between Glass and Allen Ginsberg (whose work I still appreciate in a sort of curate's egg way) - it contained a reading of part of "Wichita Vortex Sutra" by the latter to music by Glass. It may be found on the Hydrogen Jukebox
CD (Nonesuch). I think it's the same as this on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2Di1zoVFQo
.(Having discovered that - my CD is elsewhere - I must concede that Glass's accompaniment is rather appropriate to the leaps of association in the text.) I rather suppose the piano piece on the CDs reviewed by Mr Reinhart is based on that setting minus the words.
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