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Minimalism and Postmodernism Minimalism was a direct response to the increasing complexity and elitism of ultra-rational modernist music from the Northeast academy. Composers stripped away compositional and musical materials until just a minimum of musical information was present: short, simple patterns repeated with little or no change over long periods of time; change would include subtle alterations of melodic, rhythmic, or timbral content. “Trance” music was an outgrowth of this. [La Monte Young The originator, in many senses. Early works with sustained pitches and tuning were probably the earliest minimal works: Composition 1960 #9 : the score is a card with a straight horizontal line on it. “It is to be performed, and comes with, no instructions.” arabic numeral (any integer) for Henry Flynt : a sound is supposed to be repeated some number of times and the title of a performance is intended to be that number. Composition 1960 #7
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This note was uploaded on 01/05/2010 for the course MUSL MUSL 147 taught by Professor Lovensheimer during the Fall '08 term at Vanderbilt.

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