R. Andrew Lee is a pianist who records a wide variety of minimalist music for Irritable Hedgehog. Some of the music he records is quite long. There’s Tom Johnson’s An Hour for Piano, which, as its title suggests, lasts an hour. And there’s November, which is just shy of five hours. Lee has launched a […]
Buy from: Amazon.com | Amazon UK | iTunes The musical avant-garde has created a number of very long pieces of music. Morton Feldman’s String Quartet No. 2, for example, runs for around six hours; other works by the same composer last from one to four hours. La Monte Young’s Well-Tuned Piano runs around five to […]
In a recent article, I wrote about why I feel that a lot of contemporary classical music is boring. A few comments and emails made me think that, to counter that article, I should present some modern classical music that’s not boring. I admit that I’m not that familiar with enough contemporary music – by […]
I’ve long been a fan of minimalist music, and I’ve written a fair amount about that sub-genre here. There are some key works in minimalism: Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach, Terry Riley’s In C (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) and many others. But there’s one that remains a cult work, […]
Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach toured around the world recently, and there’s a video that’s freely available from the Paris Théâtre du Châtelet. So sit back and watch all four and a half hours of Einstein on the Beach. Einstein on the beach au Théâtre du Châtelet These are the days… Read more about […]
Perhaps the most important minimalist work, and one of Steve Reich’s best compositions.
As Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach is currently undergoing a revival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, I’m reminded of when I saw it there in 1984, the second series of performances after its initial run in 1976. This 4 1/2 hour “opera” is a combination of music, dance and visuals, […]