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Terry Riley

Publisher: AMP

In C (1964)
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
1 Hours 10 Minutes
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Terry Riley In C (1964)

Performance materials for Riley's In C are sold in a complete set containing the following parts:

C in treble clef - 26
B-flat in treble clef - 26
F in treble clef - 12
E-flat in treble clef - 8
D in treble clef - 1
A in treble clef - 1
G in treble clef - 1

C in alto clef - 8

C in bass clef - 16

One score

  • Soloist(s)
    Terry Riley (leader and saxophone), Margaret Hassell (the pulse), Lawrence Singer (oboe), Darlene Reynard (bassoon), Jon Hassell (trumpet), Jerry Kirkbride (clarinet), David Shostac (flute), David Rosenboom (viola), Stuart Dempster (trombone), Edward Burnham (vibraphone), Jan Williams (marimbaphone)
    Columbia Masterworks:
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    André de Ridder
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  • 25 JUN 2016
    Holland Festival Proms
    Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Nehterlands
    Africa Express
    André de Ridder, conductor
  • 10 MAR 2016
    Oak Park, IL
    Susan Wohlgenant
  • 20 DEC 2015
    Minimalism Unwrapped
    Kings Place, London
    Aurora Orchestra
    Nicholas Collon, conductor
  • 26 SEP 2015
    The Russel Wright Design Center Garrison, NY
  • 15 SEP 2015
    “In C and Other Minimalist Works”
    Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall Cape Girardeau, MO
    Southeast Department of Music Faculty and Students
  • 29 AUG 2015
    Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Germany
    Mouse on Mars and Tyondai Braxton / Africa Express
  • 01 AUG 2015
    Late Music
    St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel, St. Saviourgate, York, UK
    Late Music Ensemble
    James Whittle, conductor
  • 09 MAY 2015
    Mountains and Waves - curated by Bryce Dessner
    Barbican Centre, London
    Brooklyn Youth Chorus and eighth blackbird
    Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Richard Reed Parry
  • 10 APR 2015
    World Minimal Music Festival
    Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam
    Leerorkest Amsterdam
  • 08 APR 2015
    World Minimal Music Festival
    Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam
  • 08 APR 2015
    World Minimal Music Festival
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 02 APR 2015
    Ars Nova
    Seoul, South Korea
    Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 01 APR 2015
    Seoul, South Korea
    SeoulPhilharmonic Orchestra
    Soo-Yeoul CHOI, conductor
  • 10 JAN 2015
    Minimalism Unwrapped
    Kings Place, London
    London Sinfonietta
  • 17 DEC 2014
    Eramushuis, Jakarta, Indonesia
    Asko Schonberg Ensemble
    Bas Wiegers, conductor
  • 21 NOV 2014
    50th-Anniversary Celebration
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  • 04 NOV 2014
    50th-Anniversary Celebration
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  • 04 NOV 2014
    50th-Anniversary Celebration
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    Mississippi College
  • 04 NOV 2014
    50th-Anniversary Celebration
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    Kilkenny Arts Festival
    Kilkenny, Ireland
    Shara Worden
  • 20 JUL 2014
    50th-Anniversary Celebration
    Uptown Nightclub, Oakland, CA
  • 21 JUN 2014
    50th-Anniversary Celebration
    Cornelia Street Café, New York, NY
    Make Music New York
  • 08 APR 2014
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    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • 05 APR 2014
    Minimalist Jukebox
    Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
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    Yuval Sharon, artistic director

    Other Dates:
    12 April - Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • 26 MAR 2014
    50th-Anniversary Celebration
    Juilliard School, New York, NY
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    Other Dates:
    27 March - Juilliard School, New York, NY
  • 16 FEB 2014
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    Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin
  • 15 FEB 2014
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  • 14 FEB 2014
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    Nils Frahm and stargaze
  • 05 DEC 2013
    Issue Project Room, New York, NY
  • 16 OCT 2013
    Potsdam, Germany

A piece that fully deserves its claim to be minimalist music's first masterpiece
Geoff Brown,,1/11/2015
"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." "At times you feel you have never done anything all your life long but listen to this music and as if that is all there is or ever will be, but it is altogether absorbing, exciting, and moving, too," he continued. Unless a bolt out of blue hits the musical world between now and Nov. 4, Riley's controlled improvisation of 53 melodic fragments built around the key of C and regulated by a continual pulse will have the distinction of being the most influential work of the past half-century and the most unlikely one. Although the 28-year-old composer and pianist had been fooling around for the previous five years with a new, hypnotically reductive music made either of long tones or rapidly repeated patterns, "In C" proved precisely the right music for the right moment. Its premiere at the San Francisco Tape Music Center, a small alternative space, was the day after Lyndon B. Johnson had been elected president. The country was still coming out of its gloom following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. "In C" was not only "Like None Other on Earth," as the headline in the Chronicle proclaimed, but it also lifted spirits like the typical contemporary music of the time was not intended to do. Here was process music that seemed unprocessed, free and natural. But no one at the time could possibly have been so prescient as to envision what Riley's invention wrought and continues to do.
Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times,4/8/2014
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