New Sounds, New Grooves

WHO: MINIMALIST COMPOSERS

WHAT: THREE NEW ALBUMS

LABEL: POINT MUSIC

; THE BOTTOM LINE: Roll over, Schoenberg: here is compelling evidence that a once scorned movement is here to stay.

WHAT BECOMES A REVOLUTION most? In music as in politics, the answer is popular acceptance, a solid legacy of accomplishment and a new generation to carry on the work of the founders. Over the past 15 years, minimalism -- once derided as needle-stuck-in-the-groove music -- has emerged as the most potent force in contemporary composition, its catchy, insistent strains audible today in everything from grand opera to television commercials. But is...

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