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Terry Riley would certainly bristle at the idea of there being a "definitive" version of In C, since it was created with the intention of having an infinite number interpretive possibilities, but this version, a reissue of the original Columbia recording, led by the composer, has a certain authority since it was the means by which the piece was introduced to a broad public and it paved the way ...
A Rainbow in Curved Air is the third album by experimental music artist and keyboard virtuoso Terry Riley. Through the use of overdubbing , Riley plays all the instruments on the title track: electric organ, 2 electric harpsichords (a Baldwin electric harpsichord & a RMI Rock-Si-Chord ), dumbec (or goblet drum ), and tambourine . In C is a musical piece composed by Terry Riley in 1964 for an indefinite number of performers. He suggests "a group of about 35 is desired if possible but smaller or larger groups will work". Join the Buffalo Chamber Players for a workshop and performance of Terry Riley’s In C. Premiered in 1964 at the San Francisco Tape Music Center, the work is a musical reaction to the stifling rigidity of serialism and academic composers of the time. It is surely no exaggeration to say that the canonical work of American musical minimalism is Terry Riley's In C (1964). This celebrated and widely performed composition is ingeniously divided into fifty-three modules written on a single page.
A four handed braid from Terry's made up songs from an imaginary old country...or not. Solo Piano Keyboard Studies One and Two Seminal works from the 1960's which defined the style of minamalism in keyboard playing. The Heaven Ladder Book 7 Five works for Piano recorded by Gloria Cheng on Telarc, this is Riley's only through notated solo piano music. Terry Riley’s In C is widely regarded as the world’s first piece of Minimalism. The work can be any duration, depending on how many times the performers repeat each of the 53 melodic patterns that make up the piece. Most performances last between 40 and 80 minutes. Terry Riley himself tells the story of a 3-hour performance in Mexico City.