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Terry Riley's in C

Robert Carl


This book examines Terry Riley's In C as a new paradigm of “classical” composition. In C is only one page long, consists of fifty-three compact modules, is of open instrumentation and length, and generates itself through a set of simple and direct rules. At a time when contemporary concert music was pushing the limits of complexity and information density, In C is an essay in economy; it explores how much can be gotten out of what seems to be so little. Riley's 1964 work is also important in the way it sets the standard for American minimalist repetitive practice, for the use of modality and s ... More

Keywords: minimalism, improvisation, modality, world music, California

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195325287
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325287.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Carl, author
The Hartt School, University of Hartford