Pianist Bruce Brubaker has been playing Philip Glass' music for more than 20 years. Timothy Saccenti hide caption

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The World Music Education of Philip Glass

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"I'm more and more coming to the idea," composer Philip Glass says, "that it's the lineage and the connection to the past and the connection to the future — that is the real connection." Eamonn McCabe/Redferns hide caption

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Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

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Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O'Riley: Tiny Desk Concert

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Dublin Guitar Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

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Four Organs by Steve Reich was performed Tuesday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of the 50th anniversary of the Nonesuch label (from left: Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, David Cossin, Timo Andres and Steve Reich). Stephanie Berger hide caption

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Electronic artists such as Mason Bates (pictured above), Aphex Twin and Tiësto have blended classical music into their dance beats. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Among all things official at the Olympics, like the flag, is music composed for the opening and closing ceremonies. Tony Duffy/Getty Images hide caption

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A Know-It-All's Guide To Olympic Music

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John Adams' Nixon in China, produced at the Metropolitan Opera in January 2011. Left to right: Janis Kelly as Pat Nixon, Teresa S. Herold as the Second Secretary to Mao, James Maddalena as Richard Nixon, Ginger Costa Jackson as the First Secretary to Mao, Russell Braun as Chou En-lai. Ken Howard/Metropoltan Opera hide caption

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Brooklyn Rider, immersed in the music of Philip Glass. Sarah Small/courtesy of the artists hide caption

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String Quartet No. 5 [Movement 5]

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Hercules had perfect abs. For that reason and a few others, this statue of him stands in Florence, Italy. iStock hide caption

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