The Ashgate Research Companion to Minimalist and Postminimalist Music

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Dr Keith Potter, Dr Pwyll ap Siôn, Professor Kyle Gann
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Dec 28, 2013 - Music - 458 pages

In recent years the music of minimalist composers such as La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Philip Glass has, increasingly, become the subject of important musicological reflection, research and debate. Scholars have also been turning their attention to the work of lesser-known contemporaries such as Phill Niblock and Eliane Radigue, or to second and third generation minimalists such as John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Michael Nyman and William Duckworth, whose range of styles may undermine any sense of shared aesthetic approach but whose output is still to a large extent informed by the innovative work of their minimalist predecessors. Attempts have also been made by a number of academics to contextualise the work of composers who have moved in parallel with these developments while remaining resolutely outside its immediate environment, including such diverse figures as Karel Goeyvaerts, Robert Ashley, Arvo Pärt and Brian Eno.

Theory has reflected practice in many respects, with the multimedia works of Reich and Glass encouraging interdisciplinary approaches, associations and interconnections. Minimalism’s role in culture and society has also become the subject of recent interest and debate, complementing existing scholarship, which addressed the subject from the perspective of historiography, analysis, aesthetics and philosophy. The Ashgate Research Companion to Minimalist and Postminimalist Music provides an authoritative overview of established research in this area, while also offering new and innovative approaches to the subject.


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List of Figures
Mapping Early Minimalism
A Technically Definable Stream of Postminimalism
European Minimalism and the Modernist Problem
Systems and other Minimalism in Britain
dance film and video
Philip Glass
Reference and Quotation in Minimalist and Postminimalist
some stories by Steve Reich
ATheoretical Model of Postminimalism and Two Brief
Defining Spiritual Minimalism
influence reaction consequences
emergence beginnings

the act of repetition inlive performance
minimalism as cultural practice in
a performers perspective
Performing Minimalist Music
Some Observations on the Performance of Arvo Pärts

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Keith Potter is Reader in Music at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is currently Director of Postgraduate Research in Music. His many publications covering various areas of contemporary music have particularly emphasized British and American work. The author of Four Musical Minimalists: La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass (2000), he was the co-founder and, for seventeen years, the Chief Editor of Contact: a journal of contemporary music, and also for ten years a regular music critic on The Independent daily newspaper. From 2007 he has been a founding committee member of the Society for Minimalist Music and is presently its Chair.

Kyle Gann is a composer and was new-music critic for the Village Voice from 1986 to 2005. Since 1997 he has taught at Bard College. He is the author of The Music of Conlon Nancarrow; American Music in the 20th Century; Music Downtown: Writings from the Village Voice; No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4'33"; Robert Ashley (University of Illinois Press, 2012), and the introduction to the 50th anniversary edition of Cage's Silence (Wesleyan University Press, 2011). Gann studied composition with Ben Johnston, Morton Feldman, and Peter Gena. His research into postminimalist music has been generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Pwyll ap Siôn is senior lecturer at Bangor University, Wales. His monograph on The Music of Michael Nyman was published by Ashgate Publishing in 2007. He has recently edited Michael Nyman’s collected writings for publication. As composer, he has written for bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, the European Union Chamber Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He writes regularly for Gramophone magazine.

Kyle Gann, Keith Potter; Pwyll ap Siôn; Maarten Beirens; Virginia Anderson; Dean Suzuki; Jelena Novak; Jeremy Peyton Jones; Richard Glover; Rebecca M. Doran Eaton; Robert Fink; John Richardson; Susanna Välimäki; Tristian Evans; John Pymm; Marija Masnikosa; David Dies; Jonathan W. Bernard; Dragana Stojanovic-Novicic; Russell Hartenberger; John Harle; Sarah Cahill; Paul Hillier.

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