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About this Piece

After the highly successful premiere of Einstein on the Beach in 1975, Philip Glass announced that he would continue to write operas. Glass further evolved his vision into a trilogy of operas, with Satyagraha premièring in 1980 and Akhnaten in 1984.

In “Act III – Conclusion” from Satyagraha, a simple harmonic progression of three chords anchors the piece and shifts from a duple to a triple meter when a simple ascending melody is added.