A few weeks ago we looked at early Philip Glass – a phase of a great composer's career that exemplified the height of what came to be described as minimalism (much to many composer's chagrin).
But this style certainly did not exist in a vacuum – it created an extreme ripple effect felt for many years. Indeed, the ripples caused by this radical new sound are still being felt today, in concert music, pop music, and everything in between.
Two composers have taken certain concepts from those relatively early days of minimalism and put utterly unique spins on the aesthetic, and today the Brothers Balliett take a look at two great pieces from these very artists. Evan Ziporyn marries a kind of repetitive aesthetic to a deep understanding of world music and thumping grooves, as is exemplified by his hard-rocking Frog's Eye. David Lang frequently takes a more meditative approach, an approach we see in his large scale work The Passing Measures.
Kick back and see where minimalism has gone – it's very different from that early Glass.