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Lecture 14

MUAR 211 Lecture Notes - Lecture 14: Postminimalism, Symphonic Poem, Ghost Opera

Music - Arts
Course Code
MUAR 211
Eric Smialek

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MUAR 211 Week 14 April 16, 2018
Music of the 20th and 21st Century Continued
Tan Dun
Ex: Ghost Opera
Not an opera
5 separate movements, every single one of which has its own name
Genre = suite (multi-movement work for whatever kind of ensemble)
- The original is a chamber suite
1st movement:
- Notice how theres silence at some points (important for 20th century music)
- Uses a pipa (traditional Chinese instrument)
Post-minimalism art tends to be a little more active/moves faster than classical minimalism
Note: minimalism and post-minimalism are styles (not genres)
Minimalism tends to be tonal
Often collages (sometimes have words spoken in the music)
Minimalism: no matter what art it is, involves very little material (a few melodies and
harmonies, a few colours, few lines, etc) and involves repetition
Post minimalism: same idea, but part of the art is to experience it and sometimes has
something aleatory in it. For example, a piece of art that you need to walk through your
perspective is different depending on where youre standing.
Ex: Philip Glass Two Pages
Same few notes repeated, changing slightly every time
Ex: Phase Shifting
Two people playing piano, each playing repetitive parts, but one slowly becomes
out of phase with the other
John Adams (b. 1947)
Ex: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Genre = symphonic poem
Style = postminimalism (but minimalism is also accepted)
Ensemble = orchestra
Focused on rhythm
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