Philip Glass: A Brief History of Time Titles


Philip Glass composed the music for the 1991 biographical film, A Brief History of Time, which is based on the life and times of physicist Stephen Hawking. Directed by Errol Morris, Glass was an easy option as the two had collaborated many times before this film. 


The Music

The opening titles are short, but suitably set the tone. Glass utilises the trombone, tuba and lower strings for the piece. The constant feeling of moving even though there are marked stops throughout the piece is interesting, with the repetition of one particular suspension of chords standing out. The piece is controlled and perhaps not what one would expect from Philip Glass. The titles finish quite suddenly, and the rest of the soundtrack begins.


Ⓒ Alex Burns

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