Terry Riley Remembers In C

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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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