Orbit for solo cello by Philip Glass
Published by Chester
Philip Glass (b 1937) is one of America's most prominent composers, generally regarded as one of the most influential composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. He is considered to be a minimalist composer, with music characterized by repetitive structures, shifting layers, and hypnotic patterns. He has written many operas, symphonies, concertos, string quartets, and film scores, including many works for strings.
Glass's ''Orbit'' for solo cello (2013) was composed as part of a commission for Yo-Yo Ma and dancer Lil Buck. It calls to mind the preludes of Bach's cello suites, with its slow, lyrical arpeggios and achingly tender solo writing. Advanced level, Grade 5.