My, my, where does the time go. Where, where does it go go, does it go, my time, where does it go?
America's minimalists, once bright young things rebelling against the tonal austerity of serialism via rhythmically complex but harmonically gentle loops, are now contemporary music's elder statesmen.
Terry Riley turned 75 in 2010, Steve Reich in 2011, and the 2012 birthday boy is Phiip Glass.
The chances of Fame and Fortune smiling upon you as a composer of classical music are, in the main, negligible. When it does you get to celebrate your birthday for 12 whole months, sometimes longer depending on when in the concert season the actual day falls.
Happy returns for Glassmost took place recently with a performance in Times Square. His 1997 opera "Monsters of Grace" was reworked into a piece for soloist and an eight-part chorus commissioned by NPR. The idea was to create something that could be sung easily without any rehearsal, so as many people as possible could participate in what NPR called a "flash choir."