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    Default Glass's 2nd and 3rd Symphonies

    Phillip Glass has milked minimalism for all that its worth. If you haven't checked out these symphonies, it would be a good idea, especially if you like his violin concerto or minimalism in general. The finale movement of the 2nd starts with mixed rythm bells sounding out in a gingle, but if you can get past that nonesense their is some truelly ingenious music. The 3rd is for String Symphony, more formal but has very exciting movement that builds on one theme and adds various parts until it becomes a vast polyphonic beauty!

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    Actually I bought a Naxos CD with those exact two pieces on it. Although I have yet to grasp post-modern implications in music, or minimalism as a whole yet, I liked them for the most part

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    I admit that I am a casual Glass fan. (blush)

    My favourite piece of his is Itaipu, and orchestr+chorus biggie that puts minimalism in an interesting light, as it is combined with pseudo-"ethno" South American sounding rhythms.

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    I have heard Glass's violin concerto; North Star and Einstein on the beach. I may start to like the sound of something, but then I think, "I wish it would change key", or "I wish something else would happen". The basic sounds of the voices and the instruments are good up to a point, but then the fact that it is minimalism, with endless repetition, gets on my nerves.

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