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The Sound and the Fury: A Century of Music

S1-E3 Easy Listening?

S1-E3 Easy Listening?

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Review

There’s a nice moment in this final episode when composer Philip Glass laughingly recalls a review of a concert: “Glass invents new sonic torture.” It’s extraordinary how this series has managed to interview quite so many major composers – tonight Glass, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt, John Adams, John Taverner, George Benjamin, Pierre Boulez and many more, all talking about their own music and other people’s and disagreeing wildly.

Boulez dismisses Glass and the minimalists with hilarious Gallic disdain, as if they were children who needed to grow up. Then again, various contributors dismiss Boulez and his ilk as unlistenable. The debate will run and run.

Summary

Exploring efforts by American composers in the 1950s to reintroduce harmonies and rhythm to classical music, and how the music found an outlet in pared-down spiritual compositions. The programme also examines John Cage's 1952 composition 4'33'' - which does not contain a single note. With contributions by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams, Arvo Part and John Tavener. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Philip Glass
Contributor Steve Reich
Contributor John Adams
Contributor Arvo Part
Contributor John Tavener
Director Ian MacMillan
Executive Producer Roy Ackerman
Series Producer Ian MacMillan
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