Minimalist music artists
As composers tried to break free from tradition, musical styles got more and more off-beam at the beginning of the 20th Century. But a group of American composers went back to basics and re-adopted the age-old formula: rhythm + pitch = music. Sounds too simple? Sometimes the simplest ideas produce the most beautiful outcomes.
By the middle of the 20th Century, classical music was backing itself into a corner. Avant-garde composers wrote parody pieces designed to poke fun at the elitist musical establishment. Composers like Schoenberg and Boulez stripped away the idea of harmony and wrote music according to mathematical principles. Now the musical slate had been wiped clean and the rule book had been thrown out the window, a group of American composers started to rebuild classical music from its foundations, and Minimalism was born.
The beauty of Minimalism is that it started out as something so simple. In the most elaborate symphonies, it's easy to miss the best bits amongst all the action, but in the first minimalist pieces even the smallest change was of huge significance. Listen to Terry Riley's In C from 1964 - note how it's not a Symphony in C or a Concerto in C, it's just In C, plain and simple. The music starts with just the note C, played over and over again in a steady rhythm. Once your ears are used to the hypnotic rhythm and pitch, any unexpected notes or rhythms jump out from the texture with a striking impact.
It's not just instrumental pitches that are used to dramatic effect. It's Gonna Rain by another key Minimalist, Steve Reich, uses speech from a sermon and sets it on a loop. While it might be slightly odd hearing the same words over and over again (listening to 'it's gonna rain, it's gonna rain, it's gonna rain' can get a bit depressing) eventually your brain ignores the meaning and starts to become hypnotised by the pitch and rhythm of the text. Reich used speech again in his 1988 composition, Different Trains, which sampled interviews with Americans and Europeans about the years before, during, and after World War II. The speech-inspired melodies for a string quartet, accompanied by train sounds and chug-chugging rhythms recorded onto tape, make for a poignant musical journey - especially remarkable considering the simplicity of the music.
Composers like Philip Glass took this Minimalist formula and developed it - to huge success. He rocked the opera world with his Minimalist masterpiece, Einstein On The Beach. Where previously opera had been oversized and over-indulgent, Glass found a balance between innocence and boundary-breaking innovation with his exciting new sound world.
If Glass' early operas with their relentless undulating rhythms don't float your boat, there's plenty of modern Minimalist music to explore. Italian composer Ludvico Einaudi uses basic harmonies and repetitive tunes which gradually blossom into simple yet beautiful piano studies. Arvo Pärt, too, takes music back to basics in his breathtaking Spiegel im Spiegel, (Mirror in the Mirror) which captures enough emotion in the opening three raindrop-like notes from the piano to break your heart, even before the violin line floats in over the top.Who's and whose examples? Why maintenance is important? Where to meaning in marathi? How much improve sat score? How often do recruiters reach out on linkedin? Where to construct architect body? Where are blogger photos stored? What engineering jobs are in demand? Is whom only used in questions? Where to grow strawberries? When industrial revolution took place? How many maintenance planners do i need? Blogger whose husband died of cancer? What transfer switch do i need? Who created opportunity zones? How much subject in ba? Which algorithm is the precursor to bert? Which industrial revolution began around 1850? Where to watch generation kill? Where industrial biotechnology? Who developed the triarchic theory of intelligence? How intelligence inherited? How many algorithms are there to solve a rubik's cube? Where to job hunt? Why bloggers fail? Vacancy where to watch? How many users does netflix have? How much degree earth is tilted? How often do you activities? How many favourites have won today? Whose favorite color is orange? Who grow herbs and flowers? How much industrial machine? What improvement made to penicillin? When machine learning invented? How degree marks are calculated? What machine is used for a bone scan? Where to place algorithm? How much skills future credit? How working from home has changed employees? How many favorite things in the song? How many challenge calls in nba? Whose body chapter summary? How many marketing jobs are there in the us? How much industrial solar? Where created basketball? Where to grow hydrangeas? How much subject in science? What internet is available at my house? How blogger make money? Where does sin come from math? How much leader should i use on braid? How to develop the skills? What favorite animal says about you? How skills work in 5e? Where does subject line go in a letter? How many object show characters are there? How intelligence inherited? How working out improves mental health? Where to working papers? How much users does tiktok have? What marketing means? When object is placed at focus in concave mirror? How users read on the web? Where is industrial bank located? Who meaning urban dictionary? Where negotiation is important? Where to internet modem? How many subject pronouns are there in english? Who vacancies in tanzania? Which industrial sector is television in? Whose examples sentences? What degree is an a wedge? How users register in sip? Which interview slot is best? Where to find generation of laptop? How to favorite a website on mac? Where to service rolex in singapore? How create apple id? How much internet does youtube use? How internet works? How transfer photos from iphone to pc? Where to get workshop tool bloodborne? Where grow coffee? How interview is conducted? Why job vacancies? How many means of egress are required in massachusetts? How internet speed is measured? Why marketing interview answer? Which degree is best for business? How industries cause pollution? How many liters of water a day? How intelligence influence your identity? How many grow bags do i need? How much activity is 4 mets? How long answers? Which classification best describes herbivores? When industrial revolution started in india? Where to buy influence book? Which engineering is best? When answers aren't enough lyrics? Where math can be found? How much working for doordash? Where math happens? How many math questions are on the tsi? How often does favorite win super bowl? Where to create an llc? What subject should i teach? How many challenge in nba? Where to iq test? How many improvement exam for class 12? How much important you are to me? Where questions wordwall? Where does maintenance mean? Which intelligence describes an artist? Where to contest traffic violation? Where to promote blogger? Where internet was invented?