Forty years ago a musical revolution took place, which was to have huge repercussions for contemporary serious music, and which has remained controversial right up to the present day.
Minimalism was born in NEW YORK, and its protagonists were initially abused as charlatans.
Yet their work was to attract widespread popular interest, develop a unique aesthetic, and permeate the mainstream of commercial music.In the first programme Donald Macleod looks at key works by those protagonists - La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Philip Glass, against the backdrop of 1960s America.
Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Edo de Waart (conductor)
La Monte Young: The Second Dream of the High-Tension Stepdown Transformer
Theatre of Eternal Music
Terry Riley: In C
Centre of the Creative and Performing Arts in the State of NEW YORK at Buffalo
Steve Reich: Come Out
Terry Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air
Terry Riley (electric organ, electric harpsichord, rocksichord, dumbak and tambourine)
Glass: Music in Contrary Motion
Steffen Schleiermacher (electric organ).