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Classical music inspired       by popular
William Grant Still (1895-1978)
--first symphony by an African-American performed by a                    major orchestra--first African-American to conduct...
Afro-American Symphony, third movement “Humor” (1931)         introduction         syncopated, ragtime main theme         ...
minimalism
How does this music    strike you?• 1) soothing• 2) unnerving• 3) interesting• 4) boring• 5) other
Stella, Eccentric Polygons:Moultonville  (1974)
Mondrian,Composition   no. 10 (1939-42)
Stella,Color Maze  (1966)
Judd, Untitled (1990)
Terry Riley: "I think I was noticing that things didnt soundthe same when you heard them more than once. And themore you h...
Minimalism seems to        favor• 1) complex structures and harmonies• 2) intentional simplification
Philip Glass (1937- )
• 10 Operas• Vocal & Instrumental Music• 94 Film scores
Einstein on the Beach          (1976)• Opera   • Little singing, no plot• “Knee Plays”
• small orchestra, chorus, speakers• simple harmony    • bass repetition
• Bass ostinato• Singers counting• Voices divide• Spoken voices enter
Glass music in Film• Illusionist• Truman Show• Candyman• Secret Window• The Hours
Darius Milhaud (
The Creation of the World• Ragtime-style introduction• Bass with Jazzy melody• Trombone, saxophone play melody• Somewhat m...
Michael Daugherty (b. 1954)
Dead Elvis (1993)
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  1. 1. Classical music inspired by popular
  2. 2. William Grant Still (1895-1978)
  3. 3. --first symphony by an African-American performed by a major orchestra--first African-American to conduct a major US orchestra--first opera by an African-American performed by a major US opera company
  4. 4. Afro-American Symphony, third movement “Humor” (1931) introduction syncopated, ragtime main theme Strings soar Solo oboe takes theme, passes it around Trombones & horns take it up Derivative motive in strings passed around Hints of main theme also present New theme, bluesy First theme comes back Rousing conclusion
  5. 5. minimalism
  6. 6. How does this music strike you?• 1) soothing• 2) unnerving• 3) interesting• 4) boring• 5) other
  7. 7. Stella, Eccentric Polygons:Moultonville (1974)
  8. 8. Mondrian,Composition no. 10 (1939-42)
  9. 9. Stella,Color Maze (1966)
  10. 10. Judd, Untitled (1990)
  11. 11. Terry Riley: "I think I was noticing that things didnt soundthe same when you heard them more than once. And themore you heard them, the more different they did sound. Even though something was staying the same, it waschanging...In those days the first psychedelic experienceswere starting to happen in America, and that was changing our concept of how time passes..."
  12. 12. Minimalism seems to favor• 1) complex structures and harmonies• 2) intentional simplification
  13. 13. Philip Glass (1937- )
  14. 14. • 10 Operas• Vocal & Instrumental Music• 94 Film scores
  15. 15. Einstein on the Beach (1976)• Opera • Little singing, no plot• “Knee Plays”
  16. 16. • small orchestra, chorus, speakers• simple harmony • bass repetition
  17. 17. • Bass ostinato• Singers counting• Voices divide• Spoken voices enter
  18. 18. Glass music in Film• Illusionist• Truman Show• Candyman• Secret Window• The Hours
  19. 19. Darius Milhaud (
  20. 20. The Creation of the World• Ragtime-style introduction• Bass with Jazzy melody• Trombone, saxophone play melody• Somewhat more chaotic section
  21. 21. Michael Daugherty (b. 1954)
  22. 22. Dead Elvis (1993)
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