The Sound and the Fury: A Century of Music
BBC Four's series about modern music continues with a look at post-war America
The final episode of The Sound and the Fury, Easy Listening? looks at classical music in post-war America.
The series as a whole has undertaken an investigation into music of the 20th century and its revolutionary developments, and this episode specifically examines how classical music was re-invented in America.
It looks at how composition often tended towards minimalism, and charts the way in which accessible melodies grew in popularity with audiences.
It takes its starting point from John Cage’s 4’33’’, and includes contributions from Philip Glass (pictured), Steve Reich, John Adams, Arvo Pärt and John Tavener.
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