• September's Genre of the Month is:



    Minimal (also known as minimalist) music:

    • Is a type of modern classical music
    • Derives from experimental, avant-garde, Indian classical music
    • Uses limited or minimal musical materials
    • Originated in the New York downtown scene in the 1960s
    • Characteristics: Consonant harmony, hypnotic rhythmic pulses, steady drones, gradual transitions, repetition

    Some minimalist composers include:

    • Steve Reich
    • Terry Riley
    • Philip Glass
    • La Monte Young
    • Michael Nyman


    Below are the pieces we've listened to in class.