Minimalism and Music Theater

Eric Salzman and Thomas Desi

in The New Music Theater

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780195099362
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199864737 | DOI:
Minimalism and Music Theater

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This chapter discusses the history of minimalism and the work of Philip Glass in music theater and opera, notably his influential Einstein on the Beach with Robert Wilson. It considers the influence of minimalism on opera, particularly in the work of John Adams. Steve Reich's multi-media works with Beryl Korot are discussed along with the spread of minimalism as exemplified by music-theater works of Bang on a Can, Michael Nyman, and other British and European composers influenced by minimalism.

Keywords: minimalism; Philip Glass; Robert Wilson; John Adams; Steve Reich; Beryl Korot; Bang on a Can; Michael Nyman

Chapter.  3362 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Opera

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