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John Adams started composing in a minimalist style, emphasizing tonal, repeating structures. He now embraces the entire history of music to create large-scale, passionate works. *Post a word inspired by your favorite genre of music, as we create a minimalist poem together. We’ll start: Extraordinary
Composer John Cage was fascinated by the intersection of music and noise. What are the last three sounds that you just heard?
Open the nearest book you have and write the third sentence on page 42. Imagine all of our sentences being read at the same time, at different speeds and volumes, creating a musical collage in the spirit of composer Charles Ives.
In the spirit of Carl Ruggles, send us a photo of your “rugged American landscape.” Post a photo of your space (desk, room, backyard, etc.).
Composer Edgard Varèse broke with European traditions before moving to New York by burning everything he’d ever written and starting over in the US. Have you ever reinvented yourself?
Composer Morton Feldman was a huge fan of abstract expressionist art. What is your favorite work of modern art? Post a link to a photo on our Facebook page.
In the spirit of composer Carl Ruggles, send us a photo of your “rugged American landscape.” Post a photo of your space (desk, room, backyard, etc.).
Break the Rules as part of American Mavericks on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
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