Composition in Red, Blue, and Yellow
|Mondrian "composes" his painting with the simplest of means: repeated black lines and some colors to fill in the resulting rectangles.||1937-42|
MINIMALISM, which first achieved prominence in the 1960's, is a reaction to the complexities and tonal freedom of music found in the 1950's (such as Serialism). It also goes by the name of PROCESS music, PHASE music, PULSE music, and SYSTEMIC music. It is generally quite restrained, often tonal and consisting of simple materials which repeat frequently, and is often developed by shifting these simple elements out of phase with each other. Minimalism is sometimes combined with elements of Indeterminism.
For more information, go to the web sites below:
Minimalism in music and painting
49.2 COMPOSERS ASSOCIATED WITH MINIMALISM
49.3 MUSICAL ELEMENTS
Terry Riley: In C (1964) (read about the piece)
Download the score for In C [the title is a link where you can obtain the score and directions; select the score in the key of your instrument]
Read directions for performing it, practice it, and bring a chromatic instrument to class to perform it with the class.
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