The Knee Plays

The five knee plays  
La Sol Do  
Train theme 3 bis and Scale passage  


The five knee plays

The opera has five Knee Plays:
[scene drawing] KNEE PLAY 1   (Chorus and electric organ)
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[scene drawing] KNEE PLAY 2   (Violin solo)
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[scene drawing] KNEE PLAY 3   (Chorus a capella)
[scene drawing] KNEE PLAY 4   (Chorus and violin)
[scene drawing] KNEE PLAY 5   (Women's chorus, violin and electric organ)
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La Sol Do

The first Knee Play is based on a la-sol-do pedal that begins while the doors are opening, when the public enters the theater:

[picture of music]

[play ogg] Knee 1: electric organ

Then, the chorus is heard spelling the three chords beats: (La m) one two three four (Sol) one two three four five six (Do) one two three four five six seven eight...

[play ogg] Knee 1: chorus and electric organ

The fifth Knee Play begins in the same way; then, while the violin starts, the beat changes (3+3+6 instead of 4+6+8). Then three phrases are played successively. They are also used in Knee Plays 3, and 4.

[picture of music]

[play ogg] Knee 3: Chorus a capella
[play ogg] Knee 4: Chorus and violin
[play ogg] Knee 5: Women's chorus and ensemble

[picture of music]

[play ogg] Knee 4: Chorus and violin
[play ogg] Knee 5: Women's chorus and ensemble

[picture of music]

[play ogg] Knee 4: Chorus and violin
[play ogg] Knee 5: Women's chorus and ensemble


Train theme 3 bis and Scale passage

The Knee Plays 2, 3 & 4 have a cyclic structure : A - B - A - B... In Knee 3 and 4, the 'B' part is composed of the above phrases; in Knee 2, it's the scale passage, taken from visual theme Field .
[play ogg] Knee 2: violin
[play ogg] Spaceship: ensemble

In these three Knee Plays, the 'A' part uses the Train third theme (F Db A B E). The main lines are:

[picture of music]

[play ogg] Knee 2: violin
[play ogg] Knee 3: chorus a capella
[play ogg] Knee 4: chorus and violin


Extracts have been taken from Einstein on the Beach, Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, The Philip Glass Ensemble conducted by Michael Riesman, Elektra Nonesuch.

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