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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.