Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Publication Date



Visual and Performing Arts, College of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Dr. James Al-Shamma

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


Although he may be one of the greatest composers that you’ve never heard of,he has been portrayed on the animated television shows, The Simpsons and South Park. But Philip Glass is no cartoon character: he has had a powerful impact on the worlds of theatre and film. Throughout his career,he has composed for opera and theatre in his trance-inducing, distinctive style.He has also earned major accolades for his film scores, earning Academy Award nominations for Martin Scorsese’s Kundun (1997)as well as The Hours(2002) and Notes on a Scandal(2006). Additionally, he won a Golden Globe for Best Music Score for The Truman Show(1998). His fusions of Western and world music were among the earliest and most successful global experiments of their kind. He also enjoyed a successful career as a recording artist, signing an exclusive contract with the CBS Masterworks label. He is recognized as one of postmodern music’s most renowned proponents for the development of ambient and new age sounds.