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The Ashgate Research Companion to Minimalist and Postminimalist Music

Edited by: Keith Potter , Kyle Gann , Pwyll ap Siôn

Print publication date:  November  2013
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409435495
eBook ISBN: 9781315613260
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042556

10.4324/9781315613260
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In recent years the music of minimalist composers such as La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Philip Glass has, increasingly, become the subject of important musicological reflection, research and debate. Scholars have also been turning their attention to the work of lesser-known contemporaries such as Phill Niblock and Eliane Radigue, or to second and third generation minimalists such as John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Michael Nyman and William Duckworth, whose range of styles may undermine any sense of shared aesthetic approach but whose output is still to a large extent informed by the innovative work of their minimalist predecessors. Attempts have also been made by a number of academics to contextualise the work of composers who have moved in parallel with these developments while remaining resolutely outside its immediate environment, including such diverse figures as Karel Goeyvaerts, Robert Ashley, Arvo Pärt and Brian Eno. Theory has reflected practice in many respects, with the multimedia works of Reich and Glass encouraging interdisciplinary approaches, associations and interconnections. Minimalism’s role in culture and society has also become the subject of recent interest and debate, complementing existing scholarship, which addressed the subject from the perspective of historiography, analysis, aesthetics and philosophy. The Ashgate Research Companion to Minimalist and Postminimalist Music provides an authoritative overview of established research in this area, while also offering new and innovative approaches to the subject.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction: experimental, minimalist, postminimalist? Origins, definitions, communities Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Mapping Early Minimalism Download PDF
Chapter  3:  A Technically Definable Stream of Postminimalism, Its Characteristics and Its Meaning Download PDF
Chapter  4:  European Minimalism and the Modernist Problem Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Systems and other Minimalism in Britain Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Minimalism in the Time-Based Arts: dance, film and video Download PDF
Chapter  7:  From Minimalist Music to Postopera: repetition, representation and (post) modernity in the operas of Philip Glass and Louis Andriessen Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Accommodating the Threat of the Machine: the act of repetition in live performance Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Minimalism, Technology and Electronic Music Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Minimalist and Postminimalist Music in Multimedia: from the avant-garde to the Blockbuster Film Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Going with the Flow: minimalism as cultural practice in the USA since 1945 Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Disaffected Sounds, Temporalized Visions: Philip Glass and the audiovisual impulse in postminimalist music Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Analysing Minimalist and Postminimalist Music: an overview of methodologies Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Reference and Quotation in Minimalist and Postminimalist Music Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Minimalism and Narrativity: some stories by Steve Reich Download PDF
Chapter  16:  A Theoretical Model of Postminimalism and Two Brief ‘Case Studies’ Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Defining ‘Spiritual Minimalism’ Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Minimalism and Pop: influence, reaction, consequences Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Musical Minimalism in Serbia: emergence, beginnings and its creative endeavours Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Clapping Music: a performer’s perspective Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Performing Minimalist Music Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Performance Anxiety and Minimalism Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Some Observations on the Performance of Arvo Pärt’s Choral Music Download PDF
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