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Glimt! – Oppleve #1: Terry Riley – In C

  • Peer Gynt-salen Edvard Griegs plass Bergen, Hordaland, 5015 Norway (map)

Terry Riley for everyone

Rumour has it that the idea for he piece which would become the epitome of minimalism and its seminal moment came on a bus trip in San Francisco. American composer Terry Riley, who was inspired by artists such as John Coltrane and would go on to inspire legendary rockers such as The Who, wrote In C in 1964. Words mostly associated with minimalism are repetition, loops and tacitness. Notes are stretched out and repeated, and a piece can last as long or as short as the musician desires, creating a meditative experience for both audience and musicians alike.

This season, BIT20 invites you all to learn about minimalism by playing it.

At the concert, In C will be played by BIT20 musicians together with participants from Glimt! – Oppleve, and will provide insight into this fascinating musical form, one of many in contemporary music. The concert will also feature the premiere of a piece written by primary school students involved with the BIT20 project Let’s Compose!. The students will perform their own work, which is also based on minimalistic principles.