Terry Riley Remembers In C

New Sounds with Terry Riley and Host Jon Schaefer, from 2009

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

In this 2009 episode of WNYC's New Sounds, Terry Riley speaks with host John Schaefer about his landmark 1964 work In C which helped usher in the style known as minimalism. The two are joined by Kronos Quartet violinist David Harrington, who is helping to organize a 45th anniversary performance of In C at Carnegie Hall. 

When asked what makes In C so revolutionary, Riley focuses on the instrumentation and the musical sensitivity asked of the performers. Riley also talks about the score, or set of instructions, which allows performers to drift far apart in the performance, while insisting that this tendency is not in the true spirit of the piece. 

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@josh

The B Sides (Live from Davies Symphony Hall on May 20th, 2009)
Mason Bates
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

Mar. 29 2012 10:45 AM
josh from Irvington, NY

it's 8:20 pm on 3/28/12 I'm listening to Q2.. In C is on.. what was the piece that just preceded it?

Mar. 28 2012 08:21 PM

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