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Episode #3190

Post-Minimalist Music

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Philip Glass’s piano works have had a longstanding and widespread influence – on the so-called Post-minimalist composers, but also on musicians working in the electronic dance world.  One of them is Francesco Tristano, who brings electronica’s repeating motifs back to the piano in his solo piece “The Melody.”  We’ll hear that, as well as several of William Duckworth’s “Time Curve Preludes,” often considered the first major Post-minimalist work, and a work from the late Canadian composer Ann Southam directly inspired by Glass’s piano works.

PROGRAM #3190, post-minimalist music (First aired on 4-5-11)        





Philip Glass

The Best of WNYC Live, Vol. 2

Etude #2, excerpt [1:30]

Private CD recorded in the WNYC studios

William Duckworth

Time-Curve Preludes

Prelude #17 [2:33]

Lovely Music #2031.

Max Richter


The Twins [2:00]

Was out of print, now apparently reissued:

Dustin O’Halloran


We Move Lightly [3:10]

Available at or at

Max Richter

Songs from Before

Autumn Song #1 [3:54]

Fat Cat #013

Ann Southam

Glass Houses Revisited (Christina Petrowska Quilico, pf)

Glass Houses #2 [4:57]

Centrediscs CMC #16511.

Francesco Tristano

Not For Piano

The Melody [4:35]

inFine/Sunnyside Records.  Available at or iTunes.

William Duckworth

Time-Curve Preludes

Prelude #6 [4:11]

See above.

Dustin O’Halloran


Opus 55 [6:05]

See above.

Penguin Café

A Matter of Life…

That, Not That [4:21]

Todd Reynolds


Ken Thomson: Storm Drain [6:05]

Innova #741.

William Duckworth

Time-Curve Preludes

Prelude #3 [2:01]

See above.

Philip Glass


Opening, excerpt [4:00]

Sony Classical** available on iTunes or eMusic.

Comments [1]


The new recording of the Time Curve Preludes is much more beautiful. Luminous.

Apr. 11 2011 02:23 PM

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