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by Seth Colter Walls

April 9, 2013

Five Minimalist Piano Jams

by Seth Colter Walls  |  April 9, 2013

Minimalism shook classical music awake from its academic daydreaming back in the 1960s, and the movement is still hardcore. Whether you're looking to zone out at home or bear down at work, each of these modern piano classics can bring the intensity of hard glitch or the focused endurance of black metal -- but with more melody and invention throughout. OG minimalist Terry Riley got the ball rolling with his manic "Keyboard Study," and since then, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams and Frederic Rzewski have all contributed to the tradition of writing rhythmically ecstatic pieces for piano. Check the appended playlist for a piece by each composer -- and then check their discographies for more.

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