The names of minimalism : authorship, art music, and historiography in dispute /

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University of Michigan Press,, Ann Arbor, United States:, p.1 online resource (xi, 253 pages) : (2023)



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(OCoLC)fst01030269, 20th century, Authorship., bisacsh, fast, Historiography., History and criticism., Minimal music, Music, MUSIC / General, Music.


Online resource title from digital title page; (viewed on April 20, 2023).Includes bibliographical references and index.Introduction: "La Monte Young Does Not Understand 'His' Work" -- One Policing Process: Music as a Gradual Process and Pendulum Music -- Two Writing Minimalism: The Theatre of Eternal Music and the Historiography of Drones -- Three The Lessons of Minimalism: The Big Four and the Pedagogic Myth -- Four Indistinct Minimalisms: Punk, No Wave, and the Death of Minimalism -- Conclusion: The Names of MinimalismMinimalism stands as the key representative of 1960s radicalism in art music histories-but always as a failed project. In The Names of Minimalism, Patrick Nickleson holds in tension collaborative composers in the period of their collaboration, as well as the musicological policing of authorship in the wake of their eventual disputes. Through examinations of the droning of the Theatre of Eternal Music, Reich's Pendulum Music, Glass's work for multiple organs, the austere performances of punk and no wave bands, and Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca's works for massed electric guitars, Nickleson argues for authorship as always impure, buzzing, and indistinct. Expanding the place of Jacques Rancière's philosophy within musicology, Nickleson draws attention to disciplinary practices of guarding compositional authority against artists who set out to undermine it. The book reimagines the canonic artists and works of minimalism as "(early) minimalism," to show that art music histories refuse to take seriously challenges to conventional authorship as a means of defending the very category "art music." Ultimately, Nickleson asks where we end up if we imagine the early minimalist project-artists forming bands to perform their own music, rejecting the score in favor of recording, making extensive use of magnetic type as compositional and archival medium, hosting performances in lofts and art galleries rather than concert halls-not as a utopian moment within a 1960s counterculture doomed to fail, but as the beginning of a process with a long and influential afterlife.Open Access