Avant-Garde  •  Modern Composition


One of the main innovations in the contemporary classical field, Minimalism has also influenced new age composers and electronic producers alike, particularly in progressive electronic styles where sequencers play an important role. Generally, this music is characterized by a strong and relentless pulse, the insistent repetition of short melodic fragments, and harmonies that change over long periods of time. A trio of '60s figures, LaMonte Young, Terry Riley and Steve Reich, did the most to pioneer the field, though Philip Glass had the most success with the style during the 1970s.