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Philip Glass is one of America's best-known living composers, with a career that spans more than four decades and includes chamber music, symphonies, operas, concerti, film scores, and music for dance. On September 30, Nonesuch Records, which has had a relationship with the composer for more than 20 years, releases Glass Box—a 10-disc retrospective of compositions from his groundbreaking career. Excerpts from Glass’s largest and best-known works, like his operas Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha, are included in the set, along with selections from beloved ensemble pieces like his string quartets and symphonies, Music in Contrary Motion, and Music in 12 Parts. Highlights from Glass’s scores to the Godfrey Reggio films Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi are included, along with portions of the scores from Kundun, The Thin Blue Line, The Hours, and The Fog of War. In addition to the 10 discs of music, Glass Box includes a 191-page booklet with a note from the composer, archival photos, libretti, texts, and several appreciations by longtime colleagues and admirers of Glass’s music, including Paul Simon, Errol Morris, David Byrne, Chuck Close, Laurie Anderson, and David Harrington. Music scholar Keith Potter, journalist Tim Page, and Nonesuch Records President Bob Hurwitz also contribute essays examining the nature and impact of Glass’s work. The CDs and booklet are packaged in a cube covered on five sides with classic images of Glass by five leading artists who have all been associated with Glass during his career: Chuck Close, Robert Wilson, Francesco Clemente, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Annie Leibovitz. Glass Box was produced by Robert Hurwitz, Kurt Munkacsi, and Michael Riesman; the package was designed by Peter Buchanan-Smith and Josef Reyes for Buchanan-Smith LLC.