Written by Philip Glass
Date 1979
Publisher Dunvagen Music Publishers
First Episode 1392

"Geometry of Circles" is a series of animation pieces created for Sesame Street in 1979. Cathryn Aison commissioned Philip Glass to write the music based on her storyboard, which had been submitted to and approved by Edith Zornow of CTW.

The shorts consist of the movement of six circles (each with a different color of the rainbow) that are formed by and split up into various geometric patterns. Glass's music underscores the animation in a style that closely resembles the "Dance" numbers and the North Star vignettes written during the same time period as his Einstein on the Beach opera.

The film has featured in public screenings and museum exhibits. In October 2012, the third movement from the film was included in the "Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000" exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

All four segments first aired back-to-back in Episode 1392, and again in Episode 1448. At the suggestion of composer Philip Glass, the full piece was segmented into four parts which could be inserted separately into later episodes.

Philip Glass - Sesame Street - Geometry of Circles

Philip Glass - Sesame Street - Geometry of Circles