Performing Minimalist Music

Authored by: John Harle

The Ashgate Research Companion to Minimalist and Postminimalist Music

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

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


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My ideal situation when performing minimalist music is to be ‘outside’ the music, looking in. To attain a state of complete connection between the audience and performer, the performer has to take responsibility for the audience’s perception of what’s going on, and to have the ability to perform at high levels of emotion and intensity whilst also being able to ‘stand back’ and be ‘outside’ one’s self and the music, being aware of the effect that the music has on the audience. This brings about a higher state of awareness, and a real connection. Once this bond between performer and audience is achieved, there can be a state of near bliss for both.

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