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Contemporary music seldom evokes philosophical reflections upon the Arts, yet the exquisiteness of the music of Wim Mertens demands it.
Mertens’ music has its roots in American Minimal Music, a tradition which holds that composition can be achieved through the use of the fewest possible musical devices…

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American Minimal Music by Wim Mertens

© 1983 Usura
The first book wich deals in depth with the school of American repetitive music, better knows as minimal music. The author discusses in detail the work of La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Philipp Glass and places them in the tradition of Western music. Minimal music thus emerges as the latest stage in a development leading from Schoenberg, Webern, Stockhausen and Cage.

American Minimal Music by Wim Mertens

© 1985 Usura
Japanese translation by Toju-sha Ltd., Tokyo
UNI Agency Inc., Tokyo