Facades was originally written in 1981 to accompany a scene in the cult film 'Koyaanishqatsi'. The scene, of New York’s Wall Street on a Sunday morning, was eventually cut from the film, but the title still refers to the facades of buildings on Wall Street.
American composer Philip Glass (b. 1937) is widely known as one of the most celebrated, influential and prolific of the modern composers. He is frequently referred to as a minimalist, though he prefers to call himself a composer of ‘music with repetitive structures.’
Facades later became movement no. 5 of Glassworks, Glass’ ground-breaking studio album that has come to define his style. It was arranged for Flute and Piano by the composer in 2006.