Date of Award

2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Performing Arts Honours

School

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

Faculty

Faculty of Education & Arts

First Advisor

Anthony Maydwell

Abstract

This dissertation serves to give an exposition of the origins, rehearsal and performance practices for minimalist music with particular attention paid to Music for Eighteen Musicians by Steve Reich. It contains interviews with performers of this work and attempts to define the underlying principles of minimalist music with particular reference to concentration and tempo. Rehearsal procedures are discussed as well as issues such as stamina and acoustics. The final section is dedicated to common mistakes and a reflection on the work from those who have performed it.

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