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Minimalist Music & Beyond

There is much to appreciate in minimalist music, from the unceasing repetitions to the limited tonal qualities. Its rise in the 60s and 70s gave way to many related music genres, like post-minimalism (which has shortened forms and expanded influences) and totalism (which piled on rhythmic and tonal complexities). Explore the course of this important musical period through the following CDs, video & DVD, scores, and books, available in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Music, Film, & Audio room.


Adams, John

Ch Ada #409
Nixon in China
Op Ada #1208
Road Movies
Cm Ada #22428
Shaker Loops; Light over Water
An Ada # 9545

Adams, John Luther

Clouds Of Forgetting, Clouds Of Unknowing
Ch Ada #409
In the White Silence
Or Ada #20096

Bang on a Can All-Stars (performer)

Cheating, Lying, Stealing
Cm Ban #30147
Renegade Heaven
Cm Ban #24018

Beglarian, Eve

Tell the Birds
An Beg #26038

Budd, Harold and Richard Maxfield

The Oak of the Golden Dreams: Works
Me Oak #13692

Conrad, Tony

Fantastic Glissando
Me Con #27768

Curran, Alvin

Electric Rags II
Me Cur #2988
Schtyx: 1991; Vsto: 1993
Cm Cur #4953

Dream Syndicate

Inside the Dream Syndicate. Volume I, Day of Niagara: (1965)
Cm Dre #26039

Eastman, Julius

Unjust Malaise
An Eas #29609

Fullman, Ellen

Change of Direction
St Ful #16627

Glass, Philip

Einstein on the Beach: An Opera in Three Acts
Op Gla #131
Cm Gla #446
Mo Gla #26114
Kundun: Music from the Original Soundtrack
Mo Gla #13693

Monk, Meredith

Atlas: An Opera in Three Parts
Op Mon #6324
Book of Days
Vo Mon #17214
Dolmen Music
Vo Mon #25686
Do You Be
Op Mon #32110
Vo Mon #20393

Niblock, Phill

Four Full Flutes
Me Nib #26067
Touch Food
Me Nib #26025
Me Nib #26026

Oliveros, Pauline

In Memoriam Mr. Whitney; St. George and the Dragon
Ac Oli #16415

Palestine, Charlemagne

Og Pal #14056

Pärt, Arvo

An Par #4293
De Profundis
Ch Par #10209
Cm Par #6273
I Am the True Vine
Ch Par #16857
An Par #24784
Ch Par #3563
Passio Domini nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Joannem
Ch Par #1604

Reich, Steve

The Desert Music
Ch Rei #2277
Cm Rei #15627
Music, Women's Solo Voices, Instrumental Ensemble [Music for 18 Musicians]
Cm Rei #26267
Music for a Large Ensemble; Violin Phase; Octet
Cm Rei #713
Phases: A Nonesuch Retrospective
An Rei #27778
Tehillim; Three Movements
Vo Rei #7380
You Are (Variations); Cello Counterpoint
Ch Rei #25297

Riley, Terry

Assassin Reverie
Cm Ril #25420
The Harp of New Albion
Na Ril #1910
In C
Ch Ril #30090
A Rainbow in Curved Air
Cm Ril #30307
Salome Dances for Peace
Cm Ril #2838

Rzewski, Frederic

Cm Rze #24551
The people united will never be defeated!; North American Ballads. Down by the Riverside; Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
Pf Rze #13074

Sellars, James

Piano Works: Six Sonatas + One Sonatina
Me Ten #20114

Tenney, James

Selected Works, 1961-1969
Me Ten #20114

Various Artists

Or Min #12667
OHM+: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music, 1948-1980
Me OHM #26404

Volans, Kevin

Hunting, Gathering
Me Ten #20114

Video & DVD

Glass, Philip

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
The Hours
Koyaanisqatsi (Life out of Balance)
Looking Glass
(DVD) ML410.G398 L66 2005x

Monk, Meredith

Alex Katz: Five Hours
Art A - Kat
Meredith Monk
Dan PC - Mon

Niblock, Phill

The Magic Sun: A Film
(DVD) M1366.S894 M34 2005x

Pärt, Arvo

Bamboo Dream
Dan G - Bam


Adams, John

Nixon in China: An Opera in Three Acts
q M1503.A197 N5 1999x
Road Movies
q M221.A33 R6 1998x

Adams, John Luther

Dream in White on White
q M1140.A33 D7 2002x
Five Yup'ik dances: For Solo Harp
q M117.A33 Y8 2002x

Glass, Philip

Dreamy Kangaroo
M 784.6 G46d
Opening: From Glassworks: For Piano
q M25.G548 G56 1984x
The Hours: Music from the Motion Picture
q M1527.2.G55 H6 2002x

Johnson, Tom

The Four Note Opera: An Opera in One Act for Soprano, Contralto, Tenor, Baritone, and Bass with Piano Accompaniment
q M1503.J656 F7 1973
Septapede: For Piano
q M25.J58 S7
Sixty-note Fanfares: For Four Antiphonal Trumpets
q M457.4.J64 S5 1976x
Spaces: For Piano
q M25.J58 S73
M1470.J6 S9 1981x

Oliveros, Pauline

Aeolian Partitions, for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano
q M522.O45 A4
Sonic Meditations
M1470.O44 S6 1974x
Sound Patterns, Mixed Chorus
q M1582.O44 S6 1964x
Tree/Peace: for Violin, Cello and Piano
q M312.O48 T7 1984x
Trio for Flute, Piano and Page Turner
q M242.O44 T7 1977x

Pärt, Arvo

Berliner Messe: Für Chor oder Solisten (SATB) und Streichorchester (1990, rev. 1997)
q M2010.P167 B4 1999x
Collected Choral Works
q M2060.P3 H5 1999x
De Profundis: Für Männerchor und Orgel (mit Schlagzeug ad Libitum) (1977/1980)
q M2029.P35 D4 1981
Ein Wallfahrtslied: Psalm 121 für eine Männerstimme (Tenor oder Bariton) und Streichquartett (1984, rev. 1996)
q M2103.3.P27 W35 1997
Kanon Pokajanen: Für Chor (SATB) a Cappella (1997)
q M2092.P37 K3 1999x
Miserere für Soli, Chor, Ensemble und Orgel (1989, rev. 1992)
q M2021.P285 M5 1996
Spiegel im Spiegel: Für Viola und Klavier (1978)
q M228.P37 S6 1998x

Reich, Steve

The Desert Music: 1984: For Chorus and Orchestra
q M1530.R338 D4 1985x
Four Organs
q M585.R4 F6x
Music for Pieces of Wood
q M585.R4 M8x
Octet; Eight Lines
q M822 .R45 1979x
Phase Patterns
q M181.R4 P4x
Piano Phase
q M214.R336 P5
Six Marimbas
M685.R37 S5 1992x
Violin Phase
q M42.R4 V5x

Riley, Terry

In C
q M1470.R55 I5 2005x

Rzewski, Frederic

The People United Will Never Be Defeated: 36 Variations on El Pueblo Unido Jamás Será Vencido
q M27.R9 P4x
Squares; North American Ballads
q M25.R9 S7 1982x


Fink, Robert Wallace

Repeating Ourselves: American Minimal Music as Cultural Practice
ML197.F54 2005

Glass, Philip

Music by Philip Glass
ML410.G398 A3 1987

Prendergast, Mark

The Ambient Century: From Mahler to Trance: The Evolution of Sound in the Electronic Age
ML197.P76 2000

Mertens, Wim

American Minimal Music: La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass
ML200.5 .M413 1988x

Reich, Steve

Writings on Music, 1965-2000
ML200.5 .M413 1988x