John Corigliano: Fantasia On An Ostinato (Piano)
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Fantasia On An Ostinato is based on a famous repetitive passage by Ludwig van Beethoven (Symphony No.7, second movement). That music is unique in Beethoven's output because of a relentless ostinato that continues, unvaried except for a long crescendo and added accompanimental voices, for over four minutes. Beethoven's near-minimalistic use of his material and my own desire to write a piece in which the performer is responsible for decisions concerning the durations of repeated patterns led to my first experiment in so-called minimalist techniques.