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In C, that all-consuming compound of hypnotic minimalist music, comes across as a modern masterpiece when played live.
The musicians, seizing the piece's improvisatory opportunities, are in total fusion with composer and pianist Terry Riley as the score’s ecstasy-inducing sonics take hold.
Composed as a sequence of 53 melodic patterns and rhythmic tonal progressions, cycled by each musician and instrument for an improvised amount of time — unspecified by the composer — the players repeat the phrases, in beats of one to 32, at will.
The impact of this seminal work from 1964 is all the more... read more

 
28 September 2016 in Editorial, Views: 39
Source: Morning Star
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