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Philip Morris Glass is an American composer who’s style has often regarded as minimalistic. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1937. His family were Jewish emigrants from Lithuania. His mother (Ida) was a librarian and his father (Benjamin) owned a record store. Philip was influenced by his father and began to form an appreciation for music from a very young age. He later discovered that there were many musicians on his fathers side of the family. It is also believed that Philip was distantly related to Al Jolson, the renowned American singer, comedian and actor. 
Philip recalls listening to music with his father from a very young age. His father had a vast knowledge of classical and contemporary music and would spend a large proportion of his time siting in his armchair listening to various composers. 
Philips first instrument was the flute in which he studied at the university-preparatory school of the Peabody Institute. Although Philip didn’t study music in University, he always spent practicing and composing. After discovering and being influenced by the serialism of Anton Webern, Philip went on to compose a twelve-tone trio. In 1954, he traveled to Paris. Here he encountered the films of Jean Cocteau which inspired him to continue composing. 
Philip later went onto study keyboard in the Julliard School of Music. His compositional teachers included Willian Bergsma and Vincent Persichetti. He achieved great success in 1959 when he won the BMI Foundation’s BMI Student Composers award. 
After leaving Juliard in 1962, he moved to Pittsburg where he worked as a composer. During this time, Philip was very active and composed various Orchestral, chamber and choral works.
In 1891, Philip began to composer Glassworks which is a chamber music work consisting of six movements. 

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