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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Minimalist'

Minimalist Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    minimalist adj
  1. of or relating to artistic minimalism
  2. advocating minimal reforms (as in government or politics) n
  3. a conservative who advocates only minor reforms in government or politics
  4. a practitioner or advocate of artistic minimalism

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Minimalist'

Minimalism is a way of making modern art or music that uses simple ideas, sounds or shapes. It was most popular in America in the 1960s and 1970s. There are many different kinds of minimalism. Sometimes a simple thing is repeated many times until it seems very complicated. Today minimalism can be used to talk about many things such as design, architecture (the art of designing buildings), poetry, and movies.

In music, minimalism is a way of composing classical music which became popular during the second half of the 20th century. It is a way of composing by using a simple idea which is repeated many times. A minimalist piece of music usually takes a short idea which may be a melodic or a rhythmic pattern. This idea is then repeated many times, but each time it changes slightly. Sometimes this may be done by two or more instruments which start off by playing their notes or chords together but, as one is going slightly faster than the other, they gradually become “out of sync” (not synchronized, i.e. not together), then eventually they catch up with one another again. Usually this music is tonal so that it is firmly in one key. A steady pulse is kept throughout the whole piece.

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  • Review: 'De Materie' a bold Minimalist outing for L.A. Philharmonic
    A commanding L.A. Philharmonic gives in to the bold spirit of Louis Andriessen's 'De Materie' for its Minimalist Jukebox closer. The Dutch have their secrets. It's possible that Louis Andriessen's "De Materie," given its premiere in 1989 in Amsterdam, is not the first great Dutch opera. Perhaps a notable national Netherlands opera rem Read more on this news related to 'Minimalist'
  • L.A. Phil's Minimalist Jukebox has maximum exposure in the Southland
    For the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Minimalist Jukebox performances, the key was Terry Riley's 'In C,' with other scores not missing a beat. "This primitivistic music goes on and on," the prescient San Francisco Chronicle music and art critic Alfred Frankenstein wrote in his 1964 review of the premiere of Terry Riley's "In C." Read more on this news related to 'Minimalist'
  • Review: High-def recording of L.A. Phil's 'The Other Mary' is otherworldly.
    The Minimalist Easter opera 'The Gospel According to the Other Mary' by John Adams is played like a revelation of a Revelation on Deutsche Grammophon. In a perfect colossally Minimalist world, where resources and rehearsal time are no object, the Los Angeles Philharmonic might have concluded its Minimalist Jukebox festival Sunday with a revival of John Ada Read more on this news related to 'Minimalist'

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