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).
Donald Macleod explores the development of Reich's music from the austerity of Piano Phase to the action-packed portrait of New York in City Life.
Nurit Tilles, Edmund Niemann (pianos)
Steve Reich and Musicians
New York Counterpoint
Roland Diry (clarinet)
Peter Munder (conductor).
In spite of his conventional music education, Philip Glass was destined to become the most popular of all the Minimalist composers.
Donald Macleod explores the life and music of the man who not only became the darling of the mainstream musical establishment early in his career but has profoundly influenced the course of pop music since.
Music in the Form of a Square
Manuel Zurria (flute)
Music in Twelve Parts
Philip Glass Ensemble
Einstein on the Beach: Knee Play 3
Philip Glass Chorus
Michael Riesman, conductor
Bruce Brubaker (piano)
Koyaanisqatsi: Pruit Igoe
Philip Glass Ensemble.
Nyman: Chasing Sheep is Best Left to Shepherds, (from The Draughtsman's Contract), The Michael Nyman Band
Andriessen: De Snelheid, Icebreaker
Eno: Music for Airports 1/2, Bang on a Can All-Stars
Laurie Anderson: O Superman: Laurie Anderson (vocals/vocoder/electronics), Roma Baran (Farfisa/Casio), Perry Hoberman (Flute/Sax)
Part: Summa; Hilliard Ensemble, Lynne Dawson; David James; John Potter; Paul Hillier
Meredith Monk: Gotham Lullaby; Meredith Monk (vocals), Brodsky Quartet.
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Donald Macleod ends his exploration of the birth and spread of Minimalism, with a look at the early works of the composer who has risen to become one of the most popular composers in America's concert halls.
Bruce Brubaker (piano)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop (conductor)
Nixon in CHINA - extracts
Chou En-lai....Sanford Sylvan
Orchestra of St Luke's
Grand Pianola Music
Part II - 'On the Dominant Divide'LONDON Sinfonietta
John Adams (conductor).