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ZOFO celebrates Terry Riley's 80th Birthday with new disc / Minnesota Public Radio

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Minnesota Public Radio's - Learning To Listen with Emily Reese is Syndicated throughout the state. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW WITH ZOFO

HERE'S THE TRANSCRIPT - American composer Terry Riley is known as one of the fathers of a musical style called minimalism. His 1964 piece titled In C is considered one the first "minimalist" compositions, and it changed the landscape of classical music in the 20th century.

Terry Riley turns 80 on Wednesday, June 24, and during this hour of Learning to Listen, you'll learn more about minimalism. You'll also hear from the piano duo ZOFO, who just finished recording Terry Riley's complete collection of piano duets.

The pianists in ZOFO are Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi. ZOFO means "twenty-fingered orchestra": ZO looks like the numeral 20, and FO stands for "Fingered Orchestra." Over the course of his career, Terry Riley composed about 45 minutes worth of music for piano duet. To fill out the recording, ZOFO arranged other compositions Riley wrote for string quartet, Half-Moon Dances Mad In Moonlight and G Song. The Program Playlist Includes:

Terry Riley

Tango Doble Ladiado

ZOFO

Sono Luminus 92189

 

Terry Riley

Cinco de Mayo

ZOFO

Sono Luminus 92189
 

Terry Riley

G Song

ZOFO

Sono Luminus 92189
 

Terry Riley

The Cusp of Magic: Royal Wedding

Kronos Quartet

Nonesuch 360508
 

Terry Riley

Etude in the Old Country

ZOFO

Sono Luminus 92189