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Introducton to Minimalism

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We will consider the following questions:

"In general the forms of oral music do not match those of literate music in 'architectural' complexity, where multiple hierarchical embeddings can produce long, varied, yet integrated compositions. Rather, we find a preponderance of 'chain' structures where the same kind of short element is repeated, with variations, over and over again."
Sloboda, J. 1985. The musical mind. OUP, London

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Grove article on Minimalism (APU campus only).

A term borrowed from the visual arts to describe a style of composition characterized by an intentionally simplified rhythmic, melodic and harmonic vocabulary.


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