Maxing out on Minimalism
Fascinating and intricate patterns or the emperor's new clothes? What is minimalism in music and how do you listen to it?
Less really is more on today’s The Listening Service: we’re maxing out on minimalism, that most popular but also most divisive and most misunderstood of all 20th-century musical movements. Music that either makes you bliss out or brings you out in hives - it's the sound of that rhythmic repetitive music by a quartet of American composers - Steve Reich, Philip Glass, LaMonte Young, and Terry Riley, who have defined the movement, the style, even the genre of minimalism. Take a chord, a pattern, a handful of notes - and repeat them - and repeat again…and again...
What is minimalism in music and why should you listen to it?
Piano PhasePerformer: Mahan Esfahani.
Music for 18 musiciansPerformer: Steve Reich and Musicians.
Trilogie de la Mort - KyemaPerformer: Éliane Radigue.
- Experimental Intermedia Foundation.
NovemberPerformer: Jeroen van Veen.
- Brilliant Classics.
A Zed and two noughts - music for the film: Prawn watchingPerformer: Zoo Orchestra. Performer: Michael Nyman.
On the Dominant Divide (Grand Pianola Music)Performer: Alan Feinberg. Performer: Ursula Oppens. Performer: Solisti New York. Performer: Ransom Wilson.
Tubular BellsPerformer: Mike Oldfield.
- Virgin Records.
Concerto For Violin And Orchestra (Beginning of part 2)Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Performer: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Seiji Ozawa.
Back in the USAPerformer: Chuck Berry.
DrummingPerformer: Steve Reich and Musicians.
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