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12/6/07 Minimalism : A style of contemporary music featuring the repetition of short melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic patterns with little (subtle) variation. Arvo Part (b. 1935) Born near Tallinn, Estonia o Occupied by USSR 1944-1991 Early works followed mainstream modernism (serialism; neoclassism) 1970s: began studying music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance Move towards new individual style: “tintinnabulation o Values simplicity o Evocative of early music o Also connected to minimalism Part: Cantate Domino 1977 (revised in 1996) Latin text, from Psalm 95 For choir and organ Features “tintinnabu” Music and the Cinema Music and “Silent” Film Before 1927 all films were “silent” Theaters were equipped to provided musical accompaniment o Small theaters paid a pianist to play live o Large theaters had elaborate pipe organs o For important shows, major theaters employed full-sized orchestras The music director usually decided what music to play for each scene of a film
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