Thursday, 22 March 2018

Tones, Drones and Arpeggios : The Magic of Minimalism - Episode 2 - New York

In this episode Charles Hazlewood meets Philip Glass and Steve Reich.

"Across the 1960s these New Yorkers added new orchestral dimensions to compositions based on repetition, transcendence and new technology, and broke into the mainstream in the following decade. Charles explores how breakthrough techniques Reich first explored on tape were transposed for orchestral performance. Glass's experiments with repetitive structures, along with his innovative work in opera - Einstein on the Beach - revealed new possibilities for classical music.

The episode includes excerpts from minimalist pieces, including Reich's Variations for Winds, Strings and Keyboards performed by the Army of Generals orchestra. Charles Hazlewood's All Stars Collective performs part of Mike Oldfield's minimalist-inspired Tubular Bells.

The key attributes of minimalism, its reliance on repetition, its mesmerizing transcendent qualities and innovative use of technology are also discussed with broadcaster and writer Tom Service; director of music at the Southbank Centre, Gillian Moore; composers Laurie Spiegel, Nico Muhly, Julia Wolfe, Max Richter and Bryce Dessner; and musicians Jarvis Cocker and Adrian Utley."

Although I thoroughly appreciate and enjoy the music of Steve Reich and Philip Glass, as well as La Monte Young and Terry Riley, whom were featured in episode 1, I am disappointed at the lack of recognition for female musicians who made a vital contribution to the minimalist genre. 

Thanks to my incredibly knowledgeable and talented friend Jez, for alerting me to a series of posts highlighting some of the names & influences that have been overlooked in this series:

1 comment:

martybarz said...

Hi Helen, I'm doing research on Philip Glass and can't seem to find this episode anywhere. How were you able to watch it?