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The Hours: Music From the Motion Picture

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Composing for films may be Glass’ true niche, his unobtrusive style working as neutral backdrop to nearly any cinematic scenario. His music for the adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s novel achieves a balance of melancholy and serenity that’s wholly appropriate, though the scoring for solo piano and strings invites unfavorable comparisons with Michael Nyman’s equally repetitive but more characterful music from The Piano.