Minimalist movement

Before Minimalism:

Some composers felt restricted by serialism and looked for other methods or approaches:
  • music scores with little or no detail
  • music scores with written instructions [text based scores]
  • music scores with symbols and pictures [graphic scores]
  • experimental music using instruments in unconventional ways – or using everyday objects

Minimalist Movement:

Minimalism is a term applied principally to American music based around the repetition of short phrases. It makes the most of minimal musical resources and is stripped down to fundamental features.

Minimalism developed during the 1960s and 1970s on the West Coast of America.
It’s a reaction against the musical style of Serialism.
Although called minimalism the music is far from minimal in length.
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