Minimalism hit me in my teens like a bolt of fate. About 1972 (I was 16), Steve Achternacht on radio station WRR-FM in Dallas played Terry Riley’s In C on the air. His janglingly repetitive octave C’s started up (which we learned years later had been Steve Reich’s suggestion to hold the piece together), and I didn’t know how to react. This was crazy. All that pulsating repetition gave me a headache, every time I listened. But I kept listening anyway.
As a young composer in the late ’60s and ’70s, I came of age with minimalism.
Left to right William Duckworth, Jon Child, Nora FarrellPhoto courtesy Monroe Street Over 100 artists and composers are lined up to perform live as part of a 48-hour continuous webcast, the crowning moment thus far of composer William Duckworth‘s Cathedral 2001 project. This festival of music on the Internet, which will run November 30 through […]
Poster for Nick Adams Paul Newman, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Morgan Freeman, Brian Dennehy, Robert DeNiro, Alec Baldwin, Joanne Woodward, Gwyneth Paltrow, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and James Naughton will join creative forces for a benefit presentation reviving The World of Nick Adams, a forgotten 1957 work featuring incidental music by Aaron Copland. The […]
Don’t want your instrument in cargo? Start considering alternate means of transportation. The recent tightening of security at airports across the nation has musicians worried that they may no longer be able to carry fragile instruments into the plane with them. Airlines have long made their own ambiguous rules regarding passengers traveling with instruments. Sales […]
Joseph DaltonPhoto by Dorothy Alexander, Courtesy Composers Recordings, Inc. Though the AIDS epidemic doesn’t get the media play it once did, its impact on the cultural community in this country has not ended just because the issue has fallen off the general public’s radar. The Estate Project, a program of the Alliance for the Arts, […]
MacArthur Fellow Bright ShengPhoto by Wah Lui, courtesy Schirmer Composer Bright Sheng has been named one of this year’s 23 recipients of MacArthur Fellowships granted by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The prestigious award recognizes exceptional individuals working at the fore of a wide variety of disciplines — from astrophysics to creative […]
The many faces of Tobias PickerPhoto courtesy Tobias Picker Mix a love triangle with a murder and you’ve likely got some very good raw material for an opera. At the end of the month, the Dallas Opera will test the theory when they premiere Thérèse Raquin by composer Tobias Picker. Based on the novel of […]
Robert Maggio Minimalism is definitely relevant today and it will continue to be part of our listening for years to come. I think it will surely influence future generations of composers just as it inspires our current young (and not as young) composers. It is likely to outlive us all! For the last 40 years […]