The Sound and the Fury
The third and final episode of BBC's landmark series
The Sound and the Fury concludes in post-war America. By the 1950s a set of musical innovators in the US were championing simplified forms, clear harmonies and repetitive rhythms.
The episode begins in ‘silence’ with one of the most notorious conceptualist works of the 20th century, John Cage’s 4'33''.
From there we see how minimalism became increasingly popular with audiences throughout the world, eventually lending itself to sacred works in the hands of Arvo Pärt and John Tavener.
Here is a fantastic opportunity to hear first-hand commentaries from the minimalist composers themselves: the story is presented by Philip Glass, Steve Reich and John Adams, as well as Pärt and Tavener themselves.