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  • P.D.Q. Bach's piece "Prelude to Einstein on the Fritz" parodies Philip Glass's style with the string section playing five-finger exercises, the piano playing Johann Sebastian Bach's "Prelude in C major" from The Well-Tempered Klavier at double speed, and a bass voice (presumably Peter Schickele) chanting "Koy-hotsy-totsy".
  • Glass appears as a character in David Ives's short play Philip Glass Buys A Loaf of Bread, which spoofs Glass's repetitive musical style.
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  • Emo Phillips, during his Live at Hasty Pudding days, performed a parody of Einstein on the Beach called Einstein at the Beach.note  In it, Einstein makes a fool of himself trying to woo a sunbathing woman, and then ninjas show up. Glass gave Emo permission to perform the parody.
  • Canadian figure skater Matthew Markell performed to Étude No. 2 for his short program during the 2018-2019 competitive season.
  • A popular "Knock Knock" Joke among music nerds:
    Knock knock!
    Who's there?
    Knock knock!
    Who's there?
    Knock knock!
    Who's there?
    Knock knock!
    Who's there?
    Knock knock!
    Who's there?
    Knock knock!
    Who's there?
    Philip Glass.

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