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DL/A-Z//GLA - [Correspondence with Philip Glass]

Reference code
Level of description
[Correspondence with Philip Glass]
Quantity & Format
5 Letters (typescript and MS)
1 Memorandum
2 Press cuttings
4 Printed ephemera
1 Script
Corporate name
Serious Trust Ltd
Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge, the
Personal name
Diski, Chloe
Shah, Idries 1924-1996
Royal Festival Hall, the
Glass, Philip
Scope and content
001 is an undated memorandum from Doris Lessing to Ken Philips, Julia [?] and Brie Burkeman, in preparation for a proposed meeting with Philip Glass about a film.

002 is a letter from Lessing to Glass, reporting that the European Script Fund declined to fund development of a film. Lessing reports that the Portuguese representative "was violently opposed to Ken [Philips]". She describes efforts to find alternative funding, and states that the project is up in the air. Lessing states that she will not compromise and commercialise their planned film project. She suggests that if Glass and she collaborate on another opera, they should consider adapting "Marriages".

003 is the libretto for Glass and Lessing's The Voyage, along with an invitation to a post-premiere party.

004 is a review of Glass and Lessing's The Voyage, from the New York Times 14/10/1992.

005 is a letter from Lessing to Glass, advising him on places to visit on a forthcoming trip to Zimbabwe, and mentioning "the most expert person on African music in the region" [unnamed]. Lessing herself cannot come, although she was planning on taking Chloe Diski there.

006 is an article about Glass, "The man who changed the face of music", from the Daily Telegraph 12/03/1997.

007 is a letter from Lessing to David Jones, requesting a car to take her to the Royal Festival Hall where she will hold a talk with Philip Glass. 008 is a letter from Mick Shenton of arts company Serious Trust Ltd to Lessing, confirming Lessing's car. 009 is an announcement of the aforementioned event, featuring a performance of Philip Glass's Heroes and a public conversation between Glass and Lessing. 010 is the programme for the same event.

011 is a letter from Lessing to Karl [?], [presumably referring to a public lecture or interview in the United States]. Lessing requests her honorarium to be donated to the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge [See Idries Shah]. She requests tickets for people including Glass, Bob Gottlieb and Lisa Alther. Mentions Walking in the Shade.

012 is a flyer for the premiere of Glass's Dracula: the music & the film at the Royal Festival Hall.

013 is a flyer for Glass's Philip On Film Live, at the Barbican.
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