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Music in Similar Motion

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Philip Glass

Philip Glass

General Info

Year: 1969 / 1973
Duration: varies: 17:00-25:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Organ
Publisher: Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Any combination of instruments whose range suits the material is acceptable.


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The real innovation in Similar Motion is its sense of drama. The earlier pieces were meditative, steady-state pieces that established a mood and stayed there. But Similar Motion starts with one voice, then adds another playing a fourth above the original line, and then another playing a fourth below the original line, and finally a bass line kicks in to complete the sound. As each new voice enters, there is a dramatic change in the music.

Each figure should be repeated an indefinite number of times. The leader of the ensemble should, at his or her discretion, nod once, indicating that the ensemble should repeat the figure twice more before proceeding.

- Program Note from publisher

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS) Wind Ensemble (Jacob Caines, conductor) – 16 November 2017
  • Eighth Blackbird – 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Glass, P. (1973). Music in Similar Motion [score]. Dunvagen Music: [s.l.].
  • Philip Glass website Accessed 5 January 2018