Philip Glass at Satyagraha, April 2008


Philip Glass discusses the origin of his Satyagraha Opera, beginning with the story of an Indian man who showed Glass old film footage of the Great Salt March and was responsible for sparking his interest in the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. Glass continues to discuss his personal inquiries into Ghandi’s life and teachings and how these led to the creation of Satyahraha Opera.



Philip Glass performs "Mad Rush"

Philip Glass (piano) performs “Mad Rush,” a piece originally written and performed by Glass in honor of the Dalai Lama’s visit to North America in 1979.  Glass begins by remarking that the legacy of Gandhi can be seen in the work of leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr. and the Dalai Lama, who advocate for nonviolent, social change and by inviting listeners to consider “Mad Rush” as a play between wrathful and peaceful deities.



Part 1: Philip Glass and Tony Boutte perform "The Newcastle March"

Philip Glass (piano) and Tony Boutte (vocals) begin a performance of the third act from Glass’s Satyagraha Opera, “The Newcastle March.”  Glass begins by reading an English translation of the text from the act (performed in Sanskrit) and describing the piece as being inspired by a section in the Bhagavad Gita in which the value of action and non-action is considered.


Part 2: Philip Glass and Tony Boutte perform "The Newcastle March"