Often dubbed a minimalist, Glass has never been too fond of the term, instead preferring the mantle of a composer of "music with repetitive structures."
However, it's pretty hard to label your self otherwise considering that pretty much every piece of music ever composed has some sort of repetitive structure. However, labels aside, Glass has always had a talent for making repetition meaningful, ensuring that his sequences are played differently each time, albeit subtly. The changes usually do not come from the notes themselves, but usually from the dynamics and timing. After all, sometimes the little things can make a big difference in the world of music.
Got any favorite instances of repetition in music?
Steve Reich has always been one of my favorites among the modernists. His penchant for creating overlapping rhythms that sound like an artificial effect has always been a distinguishing factor in his music. Read more...